WHO / MOZAMBIQUE CHOLERA VACCINES

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The Ministry of Health in Mozambique has concluded a successful six-day emergency cholera vaccination campaign that reached more than 800,000 people in four districts affected by Cyclone Idai. WHO

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DATELINE: 4-8 APRIL 2019, BUZI / DONDO / BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

4 APRIL 2019, DONDO, MOZAMBIQUE

2. Wide shot, students walking on campus of Macharote Secondary School
3. Wide shot, students drinking from tap
4. Wide shot, students queuing for oral cholera vaccine
5. Close up, student being vaccinated

8 APRIL 2019, BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE

6. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Dr Kate Alberti, Cholera Expert, World Health Organization:
“Cholera is endemic in this part of Mozambique. So, when the Cyclone hit, they knew that there was a very high risk of a cholera outbreak. The population would be extremely vulnerable due to the damage to the water and sanitation systems. So, the Government of Mozambique put in a request to the International Coordinating Group, the ICG, that has a global stockpile of this vaccine, of oral cholera vaccine for emergencies.”

4 APRIL 2019, DONDO, MOZAMBIQUE

7. Close up, oral cholera vaccine vials in cold storage
8. Med shot, student being vaccinated

8 APRIL 2019, BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE

9. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Dr Kate Alberti, Cholera Expert, World Health Organization:
“We also see that in each district they know their communities, of course very well, and they have adapted to the fact that this vaccination campaign is from for everyone over the age of one. So, you're targeting communities that aren't normally targeted for vaccinations. That includes adult males and you really have to adapt where you're going to set up vaccination sites and they've done a fantastic job of ensuring that the teams go where they need to be.”

5 APRIL 2019, BUZI, MOZAMBIQUE

10. Wide shot, fallen trees
11. Wide shot, main street in Buzi
12. Pan left, cyclone damage to neighbourhood
13. Various shots, Medicins sans Frontieres (MSF) cholera treatment centre

6 APRIL 2019, BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE

14. Tilt up, Disinfecting boots at MSF cholera treatment centre in Beira
15. Various shots, MSF cholera treatment centre in Beira

4 APRIL 2019, DONDO, MOZAMBIQUE

16. Wide shot, students at Escola primaria complete
17. Pan left, preventative medicine technician Amelia Mateos walking into class room
18. Wide shot, preventative medicine technician Amelia Mateos speaking to students
19. Med shot, school children playing
20. Various shots, preventative medicine technician Amelia Mateos speaking to students
21. Med shot, Mateos vaccinating child
22. Close up, vaccines vials in cold storage
23. Close up, child being vaccinated

STORYLINE:

The Ministry of Health in Mozambique has concluded a successful six-day emergency cholera vaccination campaign that reached more than 800,000 people in four districts affected by Cyclone Idai.

The campaign was supported by around 1200 community volunteers and partners including the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Save the Children.

WHO cholera expert Dr Kate Alberti said the campaign was targeting people living in the most vulnerable communities, in Beira, Dondo, Buzi and Nhamatanda.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Dr Kate Alberti, Cholera Expert, World Health Organization:
“Cholera is endemic in this part of Mozambique. So, when the Cyclone hit, they knew that there was a very high risk of a cholera outbreak. The population would be extremely vulnerable due to the damage to the water and sanitation systems. So, the Government of Mozambique put in a request to the International Coordinating Group, the ICG, that has a global stockpile of this vaccine, of oral cholera vaccine for emergencies.”

WHO said the oral cholera vaccines, donated by Gavi from the Global Cholera Vaccine Stockpile, arrived in Beira on Tuesday (2 Apr) and, within 24 hours, began reaching people in need.


Alberti said the Ministry of Health brought three supervisors in from other provinces, who had already organized oral cholera vaccine campaigns in the past. She said they had been an incredible asset for the organization of the campaign.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Dr Kate Alberti, Cholera Expert, World Health Organization:
“We also see that in each district they know their communities, of course very well, and they have adapted to the fact that this vaccination campaign is from for everyone over the age of one. So, you're targeting communities that aren't normally targeted for vaccinations. That includes adult males and you really have to adapt where you're going to set up vaccination sites and they've done a fantastic job of ensuring that the teams go where they need to be

WHO said vaccine uptake has been very high, and the campaign has been well received by the communities. It added that remaining vaccines will be used for other at-risk communities that were not reached by the initial campaign.

People develop protection against cholera approximately seven days after receiving the vaccine. One dose of this oral vaccine provides around 85 percent protection against cholera for six months.

Since Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique on 14 March, hundreds of thousands of people have been living in temporary settlements without access to safe water and sanitation. The Ministry of Health declared a cholera outbreak on 27 March and, as of 8 April, had reported more than 3,577 cases and six deaths.

The cholera vaccine is just one tool for the outbreak response. Currently 12 cholera treatment centres, with 500-bed capacity, have been set up by the national authorities and international partners to serve the affected communities. Partners are also supporting the local authorities to provide access to safe water and sanitation in settlements and communities across Sofala Province.
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