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Strength in unity: launch of civil society platform for Francophone Africa

Guy Aho Tete Benissan, REPAOC Regional Coordinator, Member of Gavi CSO Constituency Steering Committee. It all started in Dakar, in September 2011 during the first consultation of the Francophone African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), where we were about thirty francophone NGOs meeting to discuss issues related to health systems strengthening and vaccination programs in our...

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Immunisation partners: committed to sustainability

Dr. Clarisse Loumou Loe, Pediatrician, Vice President of Alternative Santé Cameroon, and civil society representative at the Gavi Programme and Policy Committee. Concerns about the sustainability of immunisation programmes in sub-Saharan Africa are becoming increasingly vocal in international fora and at the country...

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What do 14 African countries have in common? This weekend, the Paediatric Associations of Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo made a bold statement for the future of child...

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What’s the point in pentavalent? A story from South Sudan

Mike Pflanz, British journalist based in Kenya Some innovations have the power to make vaccines more successful. For example, fewer injections and fewer visits to the local clinic for kids to be protected mean that parents find it easier to make sure their children get all of the necessary...

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 Chief Esombe David Nanyowe of Bonadikombo Village near Limbe, Cameroon (first) “The main challenge for immunisation is to sensitise, to give information to the grass roots. I have four town criers who run around the village and give information to the population to come out for the...

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Alice Pori, Walag’lang, South Sudan

“Here where I live in this village, it has been very difficult to find medicines for the children. I had to travel far to the city for them to be given immunisations, and my fourth child, it was too...

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