IVI in the Media
Nepali government to launch typhoid vaccination campaign in Kathmandu
As part of a press conference held on July 12, 2012 in Kathmandu, Nepal’s Child Health Division under the country’s Ministry of Health and Population announced the government’s decision to launch an anti-typhoid vaccination campaign in Kathmandu based on positive outcomes of school-based vaccination programs carried out by IVI, Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population, and local NGO MITRA Samaj.
This development exemplifies IVI’s mission and approach, and demonstrates the value of partnerships and capacity-building for sustainable adoption and delivery of vaccines in developing countries.
The occurrence of typhoid fever in the Kathmandu Valley is among the highest in the world, and control of the disease has been a priority of Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population. In light of this, in 2010 the country’s National Committee on Immunization Practices recommended the prioritization of vaccination as a method of typhoid control given that improved water and sanitation take an extended amount of time to achieve.
Following this recommendation, the Ministry’s Child Health Division approved the launch of a school-based vaccination demonstration project in Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts. The vaccination campaign was carried out through collaboration between the local government, local NGO MITRA Samaj, and IVI’s Vi-based Vaccines (VIVA) Initiative, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A total of nearly 137,000 children were vaccinated as a result of the project, which also aimed to increase awareness of typhoid and knowledge of preventive measures.
The Ministry has already begun internal preparations for the anti-typhoid vaccination campaign, which should be launched in the near future.
Also based on the successful school-based vaccination programs and the Nepali government’s decision for a typhoid vaccination campaign in Kathmandu was the launch of a Coalition against Typhoid (CaT) branch in Nepal. It will play a key role in participating in and advocating for the introduction of typhoid vaccines in the country.
IVI is conducting similar vaccination programs in Pakistan and hopes to achieve similar outcomes as in Nepal.