Cameroon’s public health ministry rewarded the winners of the first edition of the "Immunization Champion Awards 2021". Recipients are technical partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and also bodies such as the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG), as well as associations such as the Cameroonian Society of Pediatrics (SOCAPED) and the Association of Cameroon Female Doctors (ACAFEM).
The Ministry’s regional delegate for the East, the coordinator of the EPI Regional Technical Group (RTTG) for the Center, and the International Vaccination Center (CVI) in Bertoua also received the award. "The Immunization Champion Awards 2021 is an opportunity for Minsanté to recognize the considerable efforts made by individuals or legal entities toward improving health through immunization," said Professor Louis Richard Njock, Secretary General of the Ministry of Health, at the award ceremony on August 4.
This award honors those who do "exemplary work" or "go above and beyond" to promote or encourage immunization at a time when populations show reluctance in taking a vaccine. "The beneficiaries of the first edition of these awards were selected on the basis of their contribution to the promotion of immunization through advocacy, the development and implementation of strategies, the introduction of new vaccines in routine immunization, support for the strengthening of human resources, the strengthening of the supply chain, etc.," explained Pr Njock.
This award is part of the commemoration of World Immunization Week (April 24-30, 2021), which was an opportunity to strengthen public confidence in the usefulness of all vaccines and to contribute to making the population supportive of immunization.