SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Cameroon to receive cholera vaccines from Gavi

Cameroon to receive cholera vaccines from Gavi. | Courtesy of medicalexpo.com
This is the first time that residents in Cameroon will receive an oral cholera vaccine (OCV) to protect them from the cholera virus.

In light of recent reports of cholera cases, the vaccine was delivered to Cameroon using support from Gavi, or the Vaccine Alliance.

“Gavi is stepping in with additional investments to address the high demand for a safe and easy-to-use cholera vaccine for outbreak and emergency response,” Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said. “This vaccine can substantially reduce the burden of disease and greatly contribute to cholera control efforts along with other preventive interventions.” 

The cholera reports involved three different health districts located within Cameroon’s northern region.

Over 110,000 oral cholera vaccine doses have been delivered to the Ministry of Health of Cameroon. These deliveries were part of the global oral cholera vaccine stockpile, which is under the management of the International Coordinating Group (ICG).

“Cholera control should be a priority in areas where the disease is endemic which is in more than 50 countries in the world, many of them being Gavi-supported countries,” Berkley said. “Gavi is now entirely funding the global oral cholera vaccine stockpile which will enable manufacturers to strengthen production and to gather evidence of the impact of vaccination on cholera epidemics.”

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