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Innovations in measles and rubella elimination

It is estimated that more than 21 million deaths have been averted, globally, by measles vaccination since 2000. Despite this undeniable success, measles elimination is facing various challenges including the inability of health systems to reach more children. Measles vaccine coverage has plateaued over the past 10 years to levels incompatible with measles elimination goals, vaccine hesitancy sometimes fueled by increasingly vocal anti-vaccine groups is posing new challenges, rumors spread even faster than the disease through social media, outbreaks of various scales are reported in various countries in Africa as well as in countries of Europe and North America that had virtually eliminated measles. The special issue aims to documents innovations that have impacted or have the potential to help accelerate progress towards measles elimination targets by focusing on immunization service delivery, community demand for vaccination and advocacy, injection safety, supply chain management and cold chain, immunization financing, measles laboratory, measles and rubella campaigns planning an implementation, and more.

Guest editors: Robert Davis, James Goodson, Raoul Kamadjeu

Contact: The Pan African Medical Journal, Park Suites Building, Nairobi, Kenya editor@panafrican-med-journal.com

Contents

Pan Af Med J. 2020;35 (Supp 1):1

The African Region early experience with structures for the verification of measles elimination – a review

Balcha Masresha, Richard Luce Jr, Patricia Tanifum, Emmaculate Lebo, Annick Dosseh, Richard Mihigo

Substantial progress has been achieved in the last two decades with the implementation of measles control strategies in the African Region. Elimination of measles is defined as the absence of endemic trans¬mission in a defined geographical region or country for at least 12 months, as documented by a ...

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Pan Af Med J. 2020;35 (Supp 1):2

Control of measles in a juvenile custodial setting in the wake of the recent US outbreak

Sadhana Dharmapuri, Karen Simpson, Kenneth Soyemi

The recent US measles outbreak is the largest since 1992. It is just a matter of time before measles is introduced into a juvenile custodial setting. Are we prepared? Should we be prepared? This short article addresses steps institutional settings should take to prevent the spread of measles in a co ...

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Pan Af Med J. 2020;35 (Supp 1):3

Measles and rubella microarray array patches to increase vaccination coverage and achieve measles and rubella elimination in Africa

Lauren Christine Richardson, William John Moss

The African Region is committed to measles elimination by 2020 but coverage with the first dose of measles-containing vaccine was only 70% in 2017. Several obstacles to achieving high coverage with measles and rubella vaccines exist, some of which could be overcome with new vaccine delivery technolo ...

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Research
The distribution and use of feedback bulletins among national immunization program management teams in East and Southern Africa
Balcha Girma Masresha, Goitom Weldegebriel, Emmaculate Lebo, Jethro Chakauya, Daniel Fussum
Pan Afr Med J. 2020; 35(Suppl 1): 4, 03 January 2020
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Descriptive study of measles vaccination second dose reporting and barriers to improving coverage in six districts in Malawi
Geoffrey Chirwa, Karen Annette Wilkins, David John Mercer
Pan Afr Med J. 2020; 35(Suppl 1): 5, 03 January 2020
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The use of WhatsApp group messaging in the coordination of measles supplemental immunization activity in Cross Rivers State, Nigeria, 2018
Balcha Masresha, Ogonna Nwankwo, Samuel Bawa, Thompson Igbu, Joseph Oteri, Halima Tafida, Fiona Braka
Pan Afr Med J. 2020; 35(Suppl 1): 6, 03 January 2020
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Progress towards measles elimination in Eritrea: 2003 - 2018
Tedros Yehdego, Tzeggai Kidanemaryam Yhdego, Balcha Masresha, Azmera Gebreslassie, Reggis Katsande, Daniel Fussum, Emmaculate Lebo, Josephine Namboze
Pan Afr Med J. 2020; 35(Suppl 1): 7, 03 January 2020
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The impact of a prolonged ebola outbreak on measles elimination activities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, 2014-2015
Balcha Girma Masresha, Richard Luce Jr, Goitom Weldegebriel, Reggis Katsande, Alex Gasasira, Richard Mihigo
Pan Afr Med J. 2020; 35(Suppl 1): 8, 06 January 2020
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Letters to the Editors
Impact on refusal rates of house visits by Red Cross volunteers in Benin
Melaine Aholoukpe, Robert Davis
Pan Afr Med J. 2020; 35(Suppl 1): 9, 06 February 2020
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Case series
Seroprevalence of rubella in pregnant women in Southern Morocco
Hanane Zahir, Lamiae Arsalane, Ghita Elghouat, Hanane Mouhib, Youssef Elkamouni, Said Zouhair
Pan Afr Med J. 2020; 35(Suppl 1): 10, 10 February 2020
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Assessing the incremental costs and savings of introducing electronic immunization registries and stock management systems: evidence from the better immunization data initiative in Tanzania and Zambia
Mercy Mvundura, Laura Di Giorgio, Elisabeth Vodicka, Robert Kindoli, Chipo Zulu
Pan Afr Med J. 2020; 35(Suppl 1): 11, 12 February 2020
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Impact on child vaccination completion rates of short message services (SMS) reminders in developing countries
Robert Davis
Pan Afr Med J. 2020; 35(Suppl 1): 12, 18 February 2020
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Research
Temporal trend of measles cases and impact of vaccination on mortality in Jigawa State, Nigeria, 2013-2017: a secondary data analysis
Aisha Sani Faruk, Adebowale Ayo Stephen, Muhammad Shakir Balogun, Lydia Taiwo, Olawunmi Adeoye, Samaila Mamuda, Ndadilnasiya Endie Waziri
Pan Afr Med J. 2020; 35(Suppl 1): 13, 19 February 2020
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Review
Global trends in measles publications
Rachel Kornbluh, Robert Davis
Pan Afr Med J. 2020; 35(Suppl 1): 14, 20 February 2020
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Editorial
Recent setbacks in measles elimination: the importance of investing in innovations for immunizations
James L. Goodson
Pan Afr Med J. 2020; 35(Suppl 1): 15, 20 February 2020
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