MSF together with the Zambian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization, conducted the largest oral cholera vaccination campaign to be undertaken during an epidemic, when there was an outbreak in Lusaka.
Although cholera is a major public health issue in Zambia, with epidemics typically occurring during the rainy season, the outbreak in February was the first to hit the capital since 2011. Around 1.2 million people live in overcrowded informal settlements in the city, and with such a long period between outbreaks, they had little acquired immunity to the disease.
Between 9 and 25 April, the oral cholera vaccine was administered to 423,774 people aged one and over in the four areas of Lusaka that had the highest rates of cholera, or had historically been prone to outbreaks: Kanyama, Bauleni, George and Chawama. At the same time, the Ministry of Health provided care for patients in cholera treatment centres and worked to improve sanitation and hygiene conditions.
Two doses of the oral cholera vaccine are typically recommended. However, due to the limited number of vaccines available globally and to curb the Lusaka outbreak as quickly as possible, a single dose administered to twice as many people was deemed more efficient. More than 100 MSF and Ministry of Health staff, as well as 1,700 volunteers, worked in the vaccination campaign.
The Lusaka health authorities estimated that there were 1,079 cases and 20 deaths between February and June.
Year MSF first worked in the country: 1999
|No. staff in 2016||1|
|2016 Expenditure||€0.4 million|
- Access to essential medicineApply Access to essential medicine filter (3)
- Child healthApply Child health filter (3)
- Maternal healthApply Maternal health filter (1)
- MigrantApply Migrant filter (1)
- Mobile clinicApply Mobile clinic filter (1)
- Refugees and IDPsApply Refugees and IDPs filter (1)
- VaccinationApply Vaccination filter (3)
- Water and sanitationApply Water and sanitation filter (2)
- 2017Apply 2017 filter (1)
- 2016Apply 2016 filter (3)
- 2014Apply 2014 filter (1)
- 2013Apply 2013 filter (2)
- 2010Apply 2010 filter (1)
- 2009Apply 2009 filter (1)
- 2008Apply 2008 filter (1)
- 2006Apply 2006 filter (4)
- 2005Apply 2005 filter (3)
- 2004Apply 2004 filter (2)
- 2002Apply 2002 filter (1)
- 2000Apply 2000 filter (1)