AFENET supported the implementation of the Measles/Rubella –Polio campaign activities in Uganda between 16 -20 October 2019. The vaccination campaign was implemented in order to interrupt the Measles-Rubella outbreaks where over 300, 000 cases, 46 000 patients and 587 deaths were reported. Most cases (95%) were aged between 1 and 15 years. The exercise was conducted in all schools and communities countrywide. During the campaign Measles/Rubella (MR) combined vaccine was introduced into the country EPI routine schedule replacing the single measles containing vaccine. In this campaign MR vaccine targeted all children aged from 9 months to less than 15 years regardless of previous vaccination with the antigen. The bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (b OPV) was also administered to children aged less 59 months.
AFENET participated in the activity at both national and sub-national levels. At the national levels AFENET staff attended coordination meetings of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) as members of the Training committee, reviewing and developing the training field guide.
Two epidemiologists deployed by AFENET supported MR pre-implementation activities in two districts in Central Uganda. The epidemiologists took lead as central supervisors to assess readiness of the districts, train district trainers of trainers who would in turn train the sub-county health workers and provided support supervision to the district team during health worker trainings, sensitization of community mobilizers as well as during vaccine administration and monitoring Adverse Events Following Immunizations.
AFENET supported the distribution of vaccines and logistics to Health facilities.