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Typhoid Vaccine Trial Kicks-Off Feb 14

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At least 24, 000 children are being targeted in the TyVac trial- At least 24, 000 children are being targeted in the TyVac trial- Internet photo

A typhoid vaccine (TyVac) trial is set to kick-off in Malawi’s commercial capital Blantyre on Wednesday, February 14th.

Programme Manager for the TyVac Research at the Malawi Liverpool Welcome Trust (MLW), Teresa Misili, confirmed the date with Zodiak Online.

The trial will be conducted in Ndirande and Zingwangwa townships, targeting children of between 9 months and 12 years.

Misili told Zodiak they have intensified campaigns for the vaccine trial.

“We have started our massive campaign programme to reach out to all the stakeholders from the ground to the highest level. We have been engaged in sensitization meetings; we started with the city council where we met parliamentarians and councilors.

“We’re now meeting chiefs, religious leaders, women’s and youth groups, CBOs and all the schools - both government primary schools and nursery schools,” said Misili.

She explained they have already recruited 60 core staff for the exercise including doctors, nurses, clinicians and field workers from the MLW, adding that an additional team of Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) will also be recruited.

“Because we will be working with the DHO, we will need the services of the HSAs who will actually be administering the vaccinations so in total there will be over 150 health workers engaged in the study,” she said.

The vaccines will be provided at Ndirande and Zingwangwa health centers as well as in primary and nursery schools.

“We have all the materials in place. What we want is to ensure that that by February 14th, the first child gets the vaccine,” said the TyVac Research Programme Manager.

At least 24, 000 children are set to be vaccinated in the TyVac research campaign.

The vaccine is being produced in India where it was also tested.

The campaign is being conducted with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Typhoid fever is caused by Salmonella bacteria which is more prevalent in cases of reduced sanitation and lack of clean water.

Researchers say the disease is affecting over 100 per 100, 000 people a year in the commercial capital.




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