MOZAMBIQUE / CHOLERA VACCINATION

03-Apr-2019 00:02:07
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that an oral cholera vaccination campaign to protect survivors of Cyclone Idai begins today in Beira, Mozambique. WHO
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STORY: MOZAMBIQUE / CHOLERA VACCINATION
TRT: 2: 07
SOURCE: WHO
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 02 AND 03 APRIL 2019, BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE
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02 APRIL 2019, BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE

1. Various shots, oral cholera vaccines arriving at Beira Airport

03 APRIL 2019, BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE

2. Various shots, oral cholera vaccine preparations, IFAPA accommodation centre
3. SOUNDUP (English) Joachim Da Silva, Health Operations in Beira, World Health Organization (WHO):
“This is cholera vaccine, oral cholera vaccine.”
4. Various shots, Silva inspecting the vaccines
5. Various shots, ceremony
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Kate Alberti, Cholera Expert, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Following the cyclone at a lot of the infrastructure was damaged, so people have limited access to clean water and sanitation. And the vaccines, oral cholera vaccines will help protect them from cholera.”
7. Various shots, Elena (red shirt) and her children Felipe and Luisa are first in line for the oral cholera vaccination in Beira
8. Various shots, community getting vaccination
STORYLINE
An oral cholera vaccination campaign to protect survivors of Cyclone Idai begins today (03 Apr) in Beira, Mozambique. Funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the campaign will be carried out by the Mozambique Ministry of Health, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners, including UNICEF, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Save the Children.

There has already been one reported cholera death and almost 1,500 reported cases following the cyclone, which caused severe flooding in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Madagascar after making landfall in March. Nine cholera treatment centres, with 500-bed capacity, are already admitting patients.

SOUNDBITE (English) Kate Alberti, Cholera Expert, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Following the cyclone at a lot of the infrastructure was damaged, so people have limited access to clean water and sanitation. And the vaccines, oral cholera vaccines will help protect them from cholera.”

WHO is supporting the Ministry of Health to coordinate the oral cholera vaccination campaign, including working with partners to ensure an appropriate cold chain storage and providing logistical support.

Cholera is endemic to Mozambique, which has had regular outbreaks over the past five years. About 2,000 people were infected in the last outbreak, which ended in February 2018.

The 884,953 doses of oral cholera vaccine arrived in Mozambique on Tuesday. They were taken from the global cholera vaccine stockpile, which is fully-funded by Gavi. Gavi is also supporting operational costs of the campaign. The use of the stockpile for outbreak response is managed by the International Coordinating Group (ICG), which features representatives from WHO, UNICEF, IFRC and MSF.

Since the stockpile was launched in 2013, millions of doses every year have helped tackle outbreaks across the globe. In the fifteen years between 1997 and 2012, just 1.5 million doses of oral cholera vaccine were used worldwide. In 2018 alone, the stockpile provided 17 million of doses to 22 different countries. Since the beginning of 2019, more than 6 million doses have already been shipped to respond to outbreaks or address endemic cholera in many countries including Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Somalia and Zimbabwe.
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