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Côte d’Ivoire’s Alépé District Achieves Over 100% Vaccination Coverage

Côte d’Ivoire’s Alépé District Achieves Over 100% Vaccination Coverage

Côte d'Ivoire's Alépé District Achieves Over 100% Vaccination Coverage

The Alépé health district in Côte d’Ivoire has achieved an impressive vaccination coverage rate of 104%. This statistic indicates that the district has not only reached its intended population, but has also managed to vaccinate additional people, possibly from surrounding regions. This accomplishment is a testament to the effectiveness of the local healthcare system in implementing a robust and efficient vaccination campaign.

A Global Perspective on Vaccination Coverage

Worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a decline in the administration of the third dose of the diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP3) vaccine, which is frequently used to evaluate how efficiently countries are providing routine immunization services to children. In 2019, the global coverage stood at 86%, but by 2021 it had dropped to 81%, marking its lowest level since 2008. However, according to the 2022 WHO-UNICEF Estimates of National Immunization Coverage (WUENIC), there was a slight recovery in 2022 with DTP3 coverage rising to 84%.

The global immunization recovery, currently in its early stages, has been uneven, with substantial improvements observed only in a few countries. Large nations with substantial infant populations, such as India and Indonesia, have shown progress. However, this masks the slower recovery, stagnation, or ongoing declines witnessed in the majority of low and middle-income countries. It’s estimated that a staggering 20.5 million children remained either unvaccinated or under-vaccinated in 2022.

Challenges and Successes in Vaccination Campaigns

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, some regions have shown remarkable resilience and progress in their vaccination campaigns. The East Asia and Pacific region, for example, experienced a significant recovery, increasing its coverage from 82% in 2021 to 89% in 2022. This positive trend was largely driven by countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Myanmar.

South Asia also demonstrated substantial improvement, with coverage rising from 85% in 2021 to 91% in 2022. This region is the only one to have surpassed pre-pandemic levels, primarily due to India, where DTP3 coverage increased from 85% in 2021 to 93% in 2022. However, regions such as Eastern and Southern Africa, as well as West and Central Africa, have not witnessed any recovery, with DTP3 coverage remaining stagnant.

The Success Story of Alépé District

In contrast to these global trends, the Alépé district in Côte d’Ivoire has managed to exceed expectations. Achieving a 104% vaccination coverage rate, the district has not only reached its target population but has also managed to vaccinate additional people. This achievement showcases the success of the local healthcare system in implementing a robust and efficient vaccination campaign.

The coverage of children receiving the DTP3 vaccine is often used as a measure to gauge how well countries are providing routine immunization services, with a global target of 90% as set by the Immunization Agenda 2030. In this regard, the Alépé district has far surpassed the global target, making it a model for other regions and countries.