To support the mass vaccination campaign through social mobilization activities in coordination with the Ministry of Health and partners while improving the active search and reporting of cases of measles in Conakry and Nzerekore. Guinea officially declared a measles outbreak on February 8, 2017. This project was located in Conakry and Nzerekore.
The strategy of the Guinean Red Cross is to lay emphasis on social mobilization activities in partnership with other stakeholders in the vaccination campaign. With this, the operation supported by the DREF contributed to the reduction of morbidity and mortality related to measles. The operational strategy focused on training volunteers in affected communities for them to know how to recognize and prevent measles. Mobile radio was deployed in areas not covered by other radios.
After training, they conducted door-to-door visits and have implemented community awareness campaign activities. Mass sensitization campaigns were also organized. The planned social mobilization strategy was undertaken at three levels: • Before the vaccination campaign, volunteers went door-to-door to identify children, and provide information about the disease and the vaccination sites. • During vaccination campaigns, volunteers carried out mass awareness campaign through megaphones and mobile radio. They supported the organization and preparation of vaccination sites and active search for suspected cases. • After the campaign, the volunteers re-searched for cases and Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI).
This project reached 634,331 people.