Saving Lives and Livelihood helping Africa fight COVID-19; One-shot at a time

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LAGOS, Nigeria, 1 September 2022 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/The Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative, a $1.5 billion partnership between the Mastercard Foundation and the Africa CDC, is accelerating vaccination across the African continent. Considerable progress has been recorded across the four focus areas; purchase of vaccines for more than 65 million people, deployment of the vaccines across the continent, the development of a workforce that will manufacture vaccine in Africa and strengthening the capacity of the Africa CDC.

So far, three countries have surpassed the 70% vaccination target; Seychelles (81.3%), Mauritius (76.6%0 and Rwanda (76.5%). Also, 10 countries have attained a target of between 40% and 70% include Comoros, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Botswana, Cape Verde, Tunisia, Morocco, and Sao Tome and Principe. In total, about 21.2% percent of the continent’s population is fully vaccinated, hence, to drive increase in COVID-19 uptake, the in-country implementation took place in Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, and Rwanda.

The strategy behind the country implementation launch is to synergize the efforts of the Government, Africa CDC, and other implementing partners in increasing COVID-19 vaccine uptake. The implementation campaign will focus on Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE), vaccine capacity, logistics, and vaccine surveillance to enable these countries reach their COVID-19 vaccination target.

The country implementation launch started in Kenya on July 22nd. The vaccination drive comes when the country is experiencing the 6th wave of COVID-19 infection, with only 32% of the adult population fully vaccinated. In this support, the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative and the Ministry of Health have planned a target of more than 8,000 outreaches while strengthening 672 COVID-19 vaccination centers and vaccinating more than 1m within 12 months in selected districts.

Saving Lives and Livelihoods Implementation Launch in Kenya, 22 July, 2022

This was followed by the implementation launch in Namibia on August 3, spearheaded by the country’s Ministry of Health targeting 27 new COVID-19 vaccination centers while strengthening 70 vaccination centers and vaccinating more than 500,000 people within 12 months in selected sites.

Nigeria and Rwanda had their implementation launches in their respective countries on August 8, 2022. In Rwanda the government has planned an integrated mass vaccination for children aged between 5 and 11 years old, also the administration of second booster doses to people aged 60 years and above. Through the initiative, the Africa CDC and the Ministry of Health are targeting to reach more than 700,000 citizens, while strengthening the country’s cold chain capacity and bolstering 21 new COVID-19 vaccination centers in the Northern, Southern, and Western parts of the country to ensure vaccine accessibility and equity.

Saving Lives and Livelihoods Implementation Launch in Rwanda, 08 Aug, 2022

Lesotho was the last port of call in the month of August with the launch taking place on August 1oth. It came at a time when the country has only 55% of the adult population fully vaccinated. The initiative and the Ministry of Health of Lesotho are aiming to strengthen 22 COVID-19 vaccination centers with a 12-month target to vaccinate more than 270,000 people.

Saving Lives and Livelihoods Implementation Launch in Lesotho, 10 Aug, 2022

In a bid to drive vaccine uptake in Africa, youth engagement has been emphasized as one of the instruments in achieving the 70% vaccination target. The AU Bingwa, an initiative that seeks to establish a network of COVID-19 vaccination youth champions across the continent with the aim to increase the vaccination rate across Africa to 70% before 2023. It is a strategy to get Africa’s young population to mobilize their peers, families, and communities to get vaccinated against the pandemic.

AU Bingwa Workshop in Lagos, Nigeria, 2 – 5 Aug, 2022

At a workshop in Lagos, Nigeria, selected influencers across different platforms calling themselves ‘Bingwa’ a Kiswahili word that means ‘Champion’ advised people on the essence of the vaccines. Among them was the Nigerian music star Chike Ezekpeazu Osebuka. Also, in collaboration with Trace TV, a youth-focused television network, there would be several campaigns aimed at engaging the creative community in creating more awareness content to promote COVID-19 vaccination across the continent.

To further accelerate the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa, a data-driven approach is being looked into. According to the Africa CDC, 16 African nations have undergone at least five waves of the COVID-19 infection, as of June 2022.To read more on the different news and updates on COVID-19 vaccination, visit;

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Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC.

About the Mastercard Foundation

The Mastercard Foundation is a Canadian foundation and one of the largest in the world, with more than $40 billion in assets. The Foundation was created in 2006 through the generosity of Mastercard when it became a public company. Since its inception, the Foundation has operated independently of the company. The Foundation’s policies, operations, and program decisions are determined by its Board.

For more information on the Foundation, please visit: www.mastercardfdn.org

About the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)

Africa CDC is a specialized technical institution of the African Union that strengthens the capacity and capability of Africa’s public health institutions as well as partnerships to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats and outbreaks based on data-driven interventions and programs. For more information, please visit: http://www.africacdc.org

About the Saving Lives and Livelihoods Initiative

The Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative is a three-year, US $1.3billion partnership between the Mastercard Foundation and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) designed to save the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Africa and hasten the economic recovery of the continent in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative is acquiring vaccines for more than 65million people, supporting the delivery of vaccinations to millions more across the continent, laying the groundwork for vaccine manufacturing in Africa through a focus on human capital development, and strengthening the Africa CDC. For more info on the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative, please visit:

https://mastercardfdn.org/faq-saving-lives-and-livelihoods/

Media Contacts:

Nonye Mpho Omotola

Mastercard Foundation

Lead, Health Program Communications, Human Capital Development

nomotola@mastercardfdn.org

Dr. Benjamin Djoudalbaye

Africa CDC

Head, Division of Policy, Health Diplomacy and Communications

BenjaminD@africa-union.org

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