COVID-19 NATIONAL VACCINATION SUPPORT CAMPAIGN

Over a six-month period, Première Urgence Internationale built the capacity of more

than 90 medical staff members, including nurses, vaccinators and supervisors

via a competency-based framework.  A detailed training plan was developed

based on World Health Organization guidelines on the following topics:

  • Cold chain management and maintenance
  • safe injection, vaccination data and information management
  • Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)

Besides, tailored workshops on Risk Communication and Community Engagement,

were delivered in primary healthcare facilities across AL-Jawf, Al-Kufra, Tazirbu,

and Rebyana aiming to enhance the medical staff capacities in managing the vaccine

infodemics raised by beneficiaries.

The activity was implemented as part of the national Covid-19 immunization campaign

in close coordination with the National Center for Disease Control and under

the responsibility of the Ministry of Health, to strengthen the local authorities' capacity

to successfully roll out, implement and monitor the vaccination activities in Al Kufra.

COVID-19 VACCINATION & MEDICAL HEALTH ACTIVITIES

In July 2021, as part of supporting the local Covid-19 response plan, a Vaccination Support Team, was deployed to supervise the vaccination activities inside 4 vaccination centers.

Also, since March 2022, Peremière Urgence Internationale Team in close coordination with the local health authorities and along with the Department of Health Services staff, launched a mobile vaccination campaign in hard-to-reach and remote communities across Al-Kufra region, to reach people with reduced mobility, disabilities, and elderly.

Through door-to-door visits and setting up temporary vaccination sites, the mobile vaccination team brings the vaccine closer to communities with limited to no access to health services notably in A-Tullab area, Al-Shura, in al-Kufra Al-Jadidah, Rebyana and Tazirbu.

All vaccination activities are preceded by pre-immunization screening, recording immunization history, and information sharing to help beneficiaries make a well-informed decision about the vaccine uptake. Moreover, comprehensive medical consultations are made available through Première Urgence Internationale mobile health team.

DONATIONS OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

As part of the technical and logistical support provided by Première Urgence Internationale to multiple primary healthcare facilities in AL-Kufra, to enhance the implementation of the Infection Prevention and Control protocols within the health facilities, medical items and consumables were donated.

Stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), cleaning and waste management materials (including infectious waste) were provided on a regular basis to limit the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus and to protect healthcare workers as well as visitors of the health facility.

Also, Première Urgence Internationale provided logistics and material support to local authorities by facilitating the transport of vaccines to and within Al Kufra and donating cold chain equipment required to keep vaccines preserved until they are administrated. These items include fridges, freezers, cool boxes, and monitoring devices for the Department of Health Services central pharmacy.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH & ENGAGEMENT

Since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, an unlimited number of misinformation and instances of stigma increased amongst communities, often hampering the progress of the immunization campaign.

In this regard, Première Urgence Internationale deployed on a daily basis a team of Community Health Volunteers across Al-Jawf, Al-Kufra, Al-Shura, Al-Tullab, Tazirbu and Rebyana, to address the stigma, promote a health-seeking behaviour as well as the vaccine uptake.

A Risk Communication Community Engagement plan was developed in collaboration with the local authorities to help identify at-risk population groups and continue to address and mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable individuals and communities.

The aim is to raise awareness, fight against false concepts (World Health Organization “Infodemics”) about the disease and the vaccination, and sensitize the community to improve their demand and acceptance of the Covid-19 vaccine through evidence-based communication campaigns and door-to-door awareness-raising activities.

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