Recommendations from the Meeting of Directors of National Vaccination Programmes in Central African Countries

The work of the meeting, which took place in the city of Malabo, extended to three days of consecutive sessions, in order to adopt positions with respect to the eradication of the epidemics of polio and other diseases.

During the meeting, which came to an end on 14th September, they identified three main problems in the eradication of epidemics; governance, coordination, the lack of management trustee mechanisms, the low rates of absorption of funds, the poor quality of data, and the structural situation of the countries with assignments and replacements.

With respect to the general outlook regarding the eradication of polio, it can be seen that, since the start of the initiative in 1988, there has been a significant reduction in the number of cases in the world.

In Africa, the latest cases were in Nigeria (4 cases) in 2016. In general, the performance indicators are better, but the risk remains because there are still children who are not vaccinated, and there is inadequate cover for special populations.

Environmental monitoring in four countries in the subregion is having difficulties, and is encouraging countries to involve the community in a more effective way, by using new technologies and extending environmental surveillance.

At the end of the work the main points of exchange and discussion were presented as focussed on the opportune exchange of audit reports with countries; the need to harmonise the periods of expenditure with the dates for the presentation of reports on targets, taking into account the context in relation to the types of technical assistance provided for the countries (transfer of competence or replacement).

At the end of the presentations, the exchanges focussed on the experience of countries in the evaluation of unsafe areas, the problem of working in areas which are difficult to reach, particularly unsafe or geographically problematic, and the need for a strong intervention by various players and policies.

In general, it was recognised that the tuberculosis virus was circulating in regions, districts and communities.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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