New strategy reveals how WHO, others will end Yellow Fever outbreaks in Africa
Yellow Fever outbreaks
Nearly one billion people will be vaccinated against Yellow Fever in 27 high-risk African countries by 2026 with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and more than 50 health partners.
The commitment is part of the ‘Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics (EYE) in Africa strategy, which was launched by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO) and Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, Nigeria’s Minister of Health and partners at a regional meeting of the WHO in Abuja, Nigeria on Tuesday April 10.
During the three-day EYE strategy regional launch meeting, representatives from key African countries, WHO, UNICEF, GAVI, and other partners developed a roadmap on how to roll-out the EYE strategy by African Ministers of Health at the 67th WHO regional commitee in September 2017.
The three objectives of the strategy include protecting at-risk populations through preventive mass vaccination campaigns and routine immunization programmes, preventing international spread, and containing outbreaks rapidly.
Development strong surveillance with robust laboratory networks Ghebreyesus said is key to these efforts.
UNICEF will make vaccines available, advocate for greater political commitment and provide support in vaccinating children through routine immunization as well as during outbreaks of the disease.