African Vaccination Week 2019
 
 

From April 22-28, 2019, African Vaccination Week (#AVW2019) will unite the African region to strengthen immunization services and systems so that everyone, everywhere, is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

 
 
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Vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) claim the lives of over half a million children under five every year in Africa – representing 56% of global VPD-related deaths. Immunization is key to preventing these deaths and helping children everywhere survive and thrive. The African region has made tremendous gains toward increasing access to immunization in the last two decades. But we need to redouble our efforts – too many African children still live without access to life-saving vaccines.

AVW2019 will celebrate the strides made in combatting life-threatening diseases, increase awareness of the importance of vaccines, and build momentum for increased access to immunization.

This year’s theme, Protected Together: Vaccines Work!calls for greater collective action on immunization in the African region, underscoring the role that everyone has to play in this effort. AVW2019 also calls on us to celebrate vaccine heroes from across the continent who play an inspiring and integral role in delivering vaccines and saving lives.


HOW TO USE THIS TOOLKIT

This toolkit contains messages, graphics, gifs and more for sharing across social media platforms. Use this content to lend your voice to #AVW2019 on social media. Don’t forget to:  

  • Include visuals to strengthen your message

  • Use hashtags to increase the reach of your tweet

  • Tag partners to give credit & boost engagement

  • Link back to this toolkit

 

HASHTAGS 

Primary Hashtag:

#AVW2019

Secondary Hashtags:

#ProtectedTogether
#VaccinesWork
#VaccineHeroes
#EveryShotCounts


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TIMELINE

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Pre-#AVW2019: Throwback Thursday Campaign

In the weeks leading up to #AVW2019, join us in raising awareness, celebrating immunization achievements, and calling for action to accelerate progress and ensure that no child is left behind. On Thursday, April 11 and Thursday, April 18, a Throwback Thursday (#TBT) campaign will call attention to the themes outlined below. Share these tweets and graphics, or craft your own #TBT, to reflect on progress made to date and the work that remains to reach every child in Africa with life-saving vaccines.

 
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April 11

#TBT: Measles:
We have made progress, but we cannot stop now

 

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Since 2000, #measles vaccination has prevented more than 10 million deaths in Africa - making the measles vaccine one of the best buys in public health. #TBT @WHOAFRO #AVW2019

#Measles claimed almost 396,000 lives across Africa in the year 2000 – compared to less than 3,000 in 2018. Despite this progress, recent outbreaks are a threat to the eradication of measles. We cannot afford to drop the ball now. #TBT #AVW2019 @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

#Measles can cause severe diarrhea, pneumonia, swelling of the brain & death. From 2017-2018, measles cases in the African region rose by 27%. Prioritizing immunization is vital to sustain progress. #TBT #AVW2019 #EveryShotCounts #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO

MCV1 coverage in the African region has stagnated at 70% since 2013, exposing communities to the deadly #measles disease. This #TBT, join us in calling for increased efforts to scale up immunization to reach every child. #AVW2019 #EveryShotCounts 

African Vaccination Week starts on April 22! This #TBT, we’re celebrating how much progress we’ve made in the battle against #measles through the power of vaccines. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork


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April 18

#TBT: Progress driven by vaccines:
How vaccines have helped protect against the leading threats to child health

 

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Meningitis is a deadly infectious disease. Thanks to vaccines, cases in Africa’s meningitis belt fell from over 250,000 during a 1996 outbreak to just 80 confirmed cases in 2015 #TBT #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork

Since 2010, thanks to @gavi @gatesfoundation @PATHtweets & other partners, more than 270 million people have been immunized with #MenAfriVac across Africa’s meningitis belt #TBT #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork

In the 20th century, smallpox killed ~300 million people. Today, our children don’t need to worry about one of history’s most dreaded illnesses – vaccines have made it a disease of the past. 👏 #TBT #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork

Polio cases have dropped by more than 99% since 1988, and the disease is on the verge of global eradication. Vaccines are making polio history. #TBT #VaccinesWork #AVW2019 @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi @gatesfoundation

Rotavirus infects young children and causes severe diarrhea. Thanks to vaccines, child deaths from rotavirus diarrhea have more than halved in just 5 years. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Hm2LWR #TBT #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @DefeatDD @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi @gatesfoundation

Before 2010, rotavirus caused 2000 child deaths in Ghana every year. Today, rotavirus deaths have drastically dropped in Ghana, Malawi & other countries thanks to vaccines: https://bit.ly/2srPPrX. #TBT #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @DefeatDD @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi


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#AVW2019: Social Media Content

Each day of #AVW2019 will feature a unique theme tied to immunization in Africa. We encourage you to share the below content throughout the week (April 22-28) to celebrate Africa’s incredible progress on improving immunization – and to call attention to the challenges and gaps that remain. Share these tweets, graphics and gifs, or craft your own, to lend your voice to the call for greater collective action on immunization in the African region.

 
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April 22

UHC: By increasing access to routine immunization, countries can advance Universal Health Coverage

 

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#DYK: Every $1 spent on childhood immunizations in Africa returns $44 in economic benefits. Vaccines are a smart investment. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @gavi @gatesfoundation @UNICEFAfrica

This #AVW2019, we recognize the role of immunization in creating resilient, equitable health systems to achieve #UHC and give all children a healthy #ShotAtLife. #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

#DYK: Integrating vaccines into national supply chains for essential medicines helps prevent stock-outs and save lives. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

34 countries in Africa have introduced the rotavirus vaccine into their routine immunization programs. On #AVW2019 we call on all countries to make sure all children have access to lifesaving vaccines. #VaccinesWork @DefeatDD @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

Low-cost, high-impact interventions like immunization are key drivers of #UHC. This #AVW2019, let’s recommit to reaching 💯% national immunization coverage. #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

#DYK: Vaccine-preventable diseases still kill over ½ a million children under 5 every year in Africa. Strengthening routine immunization saves lives & is a smart investment 💵 for the future. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi


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April 23

Vaccines for herd immunity:
Immunization keeps us protected together against common diseases

 

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When enough people are vaccinated, they protect others in their community by stopping the spread of disease. #AVW2019 #ProtectedTogether #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

Vaccinated children and adults don’t only protect themselves, they also protect their neighbors, schoolmates and co-workers. Fighting diseases is a shared responsibility. #AVW2019 #ProtectedTogether #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

When children everywhere are immunized, families and communities survive and thrive. Vaccines benefit everyone. #EveryShotCounts #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

Every vaccination 💉 is a victory in the battle against deadly diseases such as measles, rotavirus and pneumonia. #EveryShotCounts #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

By getting vaccinated, you help protect the vulnerable in your community, including young children and the elderly. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

Measles #outbreaks in Madagascar, Chad and the DRC have claimed the lives of 1000+ children. We cannot afford to drop the ball on immunization 💉. This #AVW2019, let’s unite to close the gap on immunization. @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi #VaccinesWork

6 African countries - Burundi, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia & Zimbabwe - have MCV1 vaccination rates of 90% and above. 👏 For measles elimination in #Africa to become a reality, we must reach every child #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi


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April 24

You and your family:
When we protect each other, we can all be heroes

 

SUGGESTED POSTS:

Thank you to the #VaccineHeroes – parents, health workers, advocates, researchers & leaders – who help create a world where no child misses out on life-saving vaccines! ✊ #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @PATHtweets @WHOAFRO @gavi @gatesfoundation @unfoundation @VillageReach @UNICEFAfrica

Everyone has a role to play in building a healthy society. When children are immunized and protected from preventable diseases, everyone benefits. #EveryShotCounts. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

Immunization is for everyone, not just children. Are you up to date with your vaccines 💉? Check your vaccination status whenever you visit a health center. #EveryShotCounts #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork

This #AVW2019, learn about protecting your child from diarrheal diseases @ https://bit.ly/2JbfKQK and be an informed parent and citizen. #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi @PATHtweets

The rotavirus vaccine can lower the risk of infant deaths from diarrhea by 34%. Vaccinate your child this #AVW2019. #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi @PATHtweets

Jacqueline, a mother in Malawi, lost substantial income on treatment costs for her child infected with rotavirus. Watch how the rotavirus vaccine is saving lives & saving money for mothers like Jacqueline: https://bit.ly/2UxiWXW #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO

Vaccines keep the youngest in our societies healthy. Healthy children can better reach their potential to become creative, productive members of their communities. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi


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April 25

Women and girls:
When girls and boys are immunized equally, we are all protected together

 

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Vaccines keep kids healthy and support the education and social development of both boys and girls. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

Vaccinating girls is vital to the health and growth of communities. Healthy girls = increased school attendance & increased productivity. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

Countries must address gender barriers to ensure that ALL children – boys & girls – have equal access to life-saving vaccines. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi @Jhpiego

Gender barriers can prevent girls from accessing the full benefits of vaccines. We cannot afford to leave our girls behind. Vaccination must reach all children—boys and girls alike. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

Moms get vaccinated to protect themselves and their children – before and after they are born #ProtectedTogether #VaccinesWork #AVW2019 @VoICE_Evidence http://bit.ly/2G2uxbF

Children of empowered Nigerian mothers more than twice as likely to be vaccinated. Empowerment means mothers and children are #ProtectedTogether. #VaccinesWork #AVW2019 @VoICE_evidence http://bit.ly/2P1FluL


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April 26 & 27

Health workers:
At the frontlines, protecting communities

 

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Community health workers are heroes in the fight against diseases, especially in Africa. We honor their efforts during #AVW2019 👏! #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @gavi @UNICEFAfrica

Health workers in #Chad are reaching nomadic and refugee children to ensure every child receives the polio vaccine. Watch how these #VaccineHeroes make this possible: http://bit.ly/2TzePxe #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork #EndPolio @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi @unfoundation

Community health workers help close the gap in access to care by delivering life-saving #vaccines. This #AVW2019, lend your voice to the call for increased investments to support their work. #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi @gatesfoundation @unfoundation

We must do more to make sure immunization reaches people in conflict zones. #VaccineHeroes are showing us it's possible! In DRC, vaccinators reach the epicenter of the #Ebola outbreak despite access challenges and threats to health workers #AVW2019

#VaccineHeroes like Ken Simiyu, Program Director at the Center for Vaccine  Development and Global Health, he felt the impact of typhoid in his village growing up. Read his story: https://bit.ly/2JLQZtw #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi @PreventTyphoid


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UNICEF Consultant, Abdel Aziz Kadal   #VaccineHeroes like Abdel Aziz Kadal are working to help #EndPolio in remote areas of the Lake Chad Basin. Watch his story:  http://bit.ly/2TzePxe !   @ EndPolioNow    @ unfoundation  #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork

UNICEF Consultant, Abdel Aziz Kadal

#VaccineHeroes like Abdel Aziz Kadal are working to help #EndPolio in remote areas of the Lake Chad Basin. Watch his story: http://bit.ly/2TzePxe! @EndPolioNow @unfoundation #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork

Consultant with the Lake Chad Polio Task Team, Dr. Adèle Daleke Lisi Aluma   In the Lake Chad Basin, with many nomadic & refugee populations, it’s tough to reach everyone with the polio vaccine. Thanks to Dr. Aluma and other #VaccineHeroes, a polio-free Africa is closer than ever. Watch now: http://bit.ly/2YexPR5 #AVW2019

Consultant with the Lake Chad Polio Task Team, Dr. Adèle Daleke Lisi Aluma

In the Lake Chad Basin, with many nomadic & refugee populations, it’s tough to reach everyone with the polio vaccine. Thanks to Dr. Aluma and other #VaccineHeroes, a polio-free Africa is closer than ever. Watch now: http://bit.ly/2YexPR5 #AVW2019

Nurse, Awandi Epainette   #VaccineHeroes like Awandi Epainette, a Health Worker in Chad, are doing everything in their power to #EndPolio. Watch his story: http://bit.ly/2TzePxe #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @EndPolioNow @unfoundation

Nurse, Awandi Epainette

#VaccineHeroes like Awandi Epainette, a Health Worker in Chad, are doing everything in their power to #EndPolio. Watch his story: http://bit.ly/2TzePxe #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @EndPolioNow @unfoundation

Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partnership Coordinator, Dr. Sam Okiror   Dr. Sam Okiror & his team of #VaccineHeroes have reached 53,200+ children in almost 500 settlements in the Lake Chad Basin with life-saving polio vaccines. Watch their story here  http://bit.ly/2YexPR5  #AVW2019

Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partnership Coordinator, Dr. Sam Okiror

Dr. Sam Okiror & his team of #VaccineHeroes have reached 53,200+ children in almost 500 settlements in the Lake Chad Basin with life-saving polio vaccines. Watch their story here http://bit.ly/2YexPR5 #AVW2019

Consultant with the Lake Chad Polio Task Team, Dr. Adèle Daleke Lisi Aluma   In the Lake Chad Basin, with many nomadic & refugee populations, it’s tough to reach everyone with the polio vaccine. Thanks to Dr. Aluma and other #VaccineHeroes, a polio-free Africa is closer than ever. Watch now: http://bit.ly/2YexPR5 #AVW2019

Consultant with the Lake Chad Polio Task Team, Dr. Adèle Daleke Lisi Aluma

In the Lake Chad Basin, with many nomadic & refugee populations, it’s tough to reach everyone with the polio vaccine. Thanks to Dr. Aluma and other #VaccineHeroes, a polio-free Africa is closer than ever. Watch now: http://bit.ly/2YexPR5 #AVW2019

Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partnership Coordinator, Dr. Sam Okiror   Dr. Sam Okiror & his team of #VaccineHeroes have reached 53,200+ children in almost 500 settlements in the Lake Chad Basin with life-saving polio vaccines. Watch their story here  http://bit.ly/2YexPR5  #AVW2019

Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partnership Coordinator, Dr. Sam Okiror

Dr. Sam Okiror & his team of #VaccineHeroes have reached 53,200+ children in almost 500 settlements in the Lake Chad Basin with life-saving polio vaccines. Watch their story here http://bit.ly/2YexPR5 #AVW2019

 
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April 28

Innovations and innovators:
Creating the solutions to protect future generations

 

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Rotavirus is the #1 cause of severe and fatal childhood diarrhea around the 🌍. Watch how the rotavirus vaccine is saving lives: https://bit.ly/2TxraTJ. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi @DefeatDD @gatesfoundation

#DYK: Every year typhoid makes nearly 11 million sick and kills 116,000. The typhoid conjugate vaccine has taken us one step closer to a future free of typhoid. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @PreventTyphoid @PATHtweets @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

Technological advances are the 🔑 to ensure more people benefit from vaccines and are better protected from life-threatening diseases. @zipline is working with @RwandaGov to deliver vaccines to remote areas using drones. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

#VaccineHeroes like @zipline are leveraging drone technology to deliver vaccines and reach the last mile. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi @GatesAfrica

Each year, 440K people die from the malaria. A first generation malaria vaccine is showing promising results & has led to partial protection against malaria. Vaccine R&D is key to fighting disease & saving lives. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi @PATH

In Tanzania, electronic immunization registries are helping clinics go digital, verify vaccine stock & access caregiver contact info. Learn more about how a simple #innovation is driving change: https://bit.ly/2CqiQu2 #AVW2019 @PATHtweets @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica


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This #AVW2019, stand with us to call for a world where all people receive the #vaccines they need to keep them healthy throughout their lives. Let’s make vaccine-preventable diseases history! #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

#Vaccines have eradicated smallpox, reduced child mortality rates and saved millions of children from paralysis caused by polio. But we can’t stop until all children have access to lifesaving vaccines. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork

In DRC, the #Ebola vaccine is protecting ~100,000 vaccinated to date from this deadly disease. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork #EveryShotCounts @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

The recent #Ebola outbreak in DRC has claimed more than 600 lives. But with close to 100,000 people vaccinated, many of them health workers, we’ve seen how swift action can stop the spread of the disease. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork #EveryShotCounts @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

#ClimateChange is changing disease patterns around the world. Making sure that everyone, everywhere, has access to life-saving vaccines can help prevent diseases and save lives. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

If immunization efforts in Africa are not maintained, progress will be reversed. This could lead to more than 2.4 million deaths and a negative economic impact of $59 billion over the next decade. #AVW2019 #VaccinesWork @WHOAFRO @UNICEFAfrica @gavi

Polio. Measles. Diphtheria. Whooping cough.These diseases can weaken, disable, and kill children. They are also easily prevented with vaccines. #VaccinesWork #AVW2019 @UNICEFAfrica

Vaccines keep kids safe from dangerous invaders. 👾 For every like or RT, the @gatesfoundation will give $1 to @UNICEF, up to $1 MILLION! Help spread the word! #VaccinesWork #AVW2019


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