Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Continues to Invest in Public Health, Launches African Vaccination Week

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Solomón Nguema Owono, continued its commitment to invest in public health as it launched Africa Vaccination Week, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Equatorial Guinea highlighted the Vaccination Week is an opportunity to focus on joint efforts with the United Nations (UN) to guarantee the quality and performance of the Extended Immunization Program.

Equatorial Guinea is one of the few countries in Africa that purchases vaccines under the Extended Immunization Program using its own funds.

Equatorial Guinea has highlighted public health as an area of focus under the country’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Ministry of the Interior, and Ministry of Education and Information, recently launched the 15th phase of the national Polio vaccination campaign and the National Malaria Control Program. The Program donated more than 175,000 mosquito nets across the country along with prevention supplies and sprayed houses in Malabo and other areas.

Equatorial Guinea has achieved high levels of protection against Malaria in clinical trials of a new vaccine. Equatorial Guinea is one of several African countries to hold clinical trials, including Tanzania, Kenya, Mali, and Burkina Faso, as well as Germany and the U.S.