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Cameroon receives first doses of Malaria vaccine

Cameroon receives first doses of Malaria vaccine

Paru le mercredi, 22 novembre 2023 14:59

Yesterday, November 21, Minister of Public Health (Minsante) Manaouda Malachie received the first doses of malaria vaccines at the Yaoundé-Nsimalen International Airport. According to a Tweet from the government official’s page, 331,200 doses were received.  "Cameroon thus becomes the pioneer in this field. A historic moment facilitated by our partners to boost the fight against this disease responsible for 70% of deaths among children," the tweet says. 

In a joint communiqué published last July, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, informed that 12 African countries, including Cameroon, would receive a total of 18 million doses of the RTS, S vaccine over 2023-2025. This is the first malaria vaccine approved by the WHO and produced by the British laboratory GSK with the support of Gavi. "The first doses are expected to arrive in countries in the last quarter of 2023, and countries will begin administering them in early 2024," reads the release.

This will enable Cameroon to introduce the malaria vaccine into routine immunization. Malaria is endemic in Cameroon, where the risk of illness and death among children aged 0-59 months is highest. In 2022, malaria accounted for 29.6% of all consultations in health facilities. More than 3.3 million cases were reported last year, with 2,481 deaths, mainly among children under 5, according to data from the National Malaria Control Program (PNLP). For health authorities, the malaria vaccine is a major step forward in improving child health and survival.

Patricia Ngo Ngouem

Dernière modification le mercredi, 22 novembre 2023 15:02

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