Ioana D Olaru, Sekesai Mtapuri-Zinyowera, Nicholas Feasey, Rashida A Ferrand, Katharina Kranzer
Zimbabwe carried out a mass TCV vaccination campaign in February to March, 2019, funded by Gavi, that targeted children aged between 6 months and 15 years in communities affected by an ongoing typhoid outbreak. It was the first time TCV was used in Africa and the first vaccination campaign in response to a typhoid outbreak in the continent. Outbreaks of cholera and typhoid in Zimbabwe result from a lack of investment in and management of the country’s water and sanitation infrastructure and health-care system. Additionally, low availability of diagnostics and drugs, brain drain (emigration of highly qualified individuals from a country), prohibitive user fees in health facilities, and strikes by medical personnel have contributed to the most recent outbreak of typhoid.
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