By Heloise Vilain. "Operation zero cases: A tailored approach to Polio Prevention" shares how information gathered from families in previous campaigns helped teams increase the number of children vaccinated against Polio in Chad. This film and the story that follows, help explain how the use of data, and the hard work of Chadian vaccinators and social mobilizers, whom we will meet shortly, helped achieve this goal.
N’DJAMENA (Chad), 22nd May 2013 – The proportion of missed children has shown a slightly decreasing trend in the last four rounds of national immunization campaigns in Chad: 7% in October 2012, 6% in December 2012, 6% in February 2013 and 5% in March 2013. However, thousands of children continue to be missed during campaigns. According to the latest UNICEF social data analysis, Wadi Fira Region has the highest percentage of missed children (11%) followed by Dar Sila (10%) and N’Djamena (8%) in March. Child absent remains the main reason for missed children, accounting for over 59% of the total number of missed children at national level.
By Lalaina Fatratra Andriamasinoro
Thanks to the continued engagement of the Chadian government, backed by committed donor support and through close collaboration with UN operating agencies UNICEF and WHO, the country has now achieved a polio-free status for three consecutive years. The last case of Wild Poliovirus (WPV) was notified on the 12th of June 2012, marking vital milestone towards eradicating polio in the country.
Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Chad
Le Tchad a réussi son pari de conserver son statut de pays sans polio depuis plus de deux ans. Depuis 2012, le Tchad est reconnu, comme pays sans circulation du poliovirus sauvage. C’est un réel sujet de fierté que l’on doit concéder à tous les partenaires impliqués dans cette lutte. La palme revient au gouvernement qui n’a ménagé aucun effort pour appuyer toutes les campagnes de vaccination. L’année 2015 qui commence sera celle - à n’en point douter - d’un nouveau défi contre la polio avec l’afflux de nouvelles populations dans la région du Lac, avec la violence au nord-est du Nigeria et la présence massive de retournés et de réfugiés dans le Sud du Tchad, suite à la crise centrafricaine.
The last cases of Wild Poliovirus (WPV) and circulating Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus (cVDPV) were notified in June 2012 and May 2013 respectively, marking vital milestones towards eradicating polio in the country, which as recently as 2011 had reached an all-time high of 132 new cases.
Despite considerable challenges (widely dispersed populations, difficult terrain, lack of skilled health personnel) an exemplary progress has been made in Chad and the country is now on track to end it, once and for all, with polio. Polio-Free Chad - Issue 4 (EN)
Massaguet, CHAD, 26th May 2014 - The Chadian Ministry of Health, Social Action and National Solidarity (MSP-ASSN), in collaboration with partners UNICEF and WHO has conducted a large scale regional vaccination campaign against polio from the 23rd to the 25th of May.
Amid serious concerns of regional propagation of the poliovirus from neighbouring Cameroon, Chadian authorities and partners, who have campaigned rigorously against polio over the past two years, remain determined to keep the polio-free status of the