Internally displaced mothers in the Lake Chad Region were given the opportunity to immunize their newborns against polio.
In the Lake Chad Region, 123,204 people have been internally displaced. In Daban Tchali, on the shore of the Lake Chad, displaced people from the islands who fled Boko Haram and locals live together. A vaccination campaign was organized in the campsite on July 7th, 2017 to make sure that every child was immunized.
“Before coming to Daban Tchali, I used to live in Djaluwa, one of the Lake islands. I had to move 11 months ago with my family due to the insecurity caused by the threats of Boko Haram. The birth of Hawa and Adam, 7 days ago, was received as a blessing in the village. The twins got their very first dose of vaccine today on the day of their baptism (the day when they are given names).” Gamoussa Madou, 37, Daban Tchali campsite.
“I have 3 kids and Adam Mohamat, 6-month-old is the last born. I decided to immunize Adam today to make sure he stays healthy.” Assida Ala, 22, Daban Tchali campsite.
“I fled with my family 2 years ago from Kougoudo, an island in the Lake Chad, due to Boko Haram’s threats. I vaccinated all my 4 children except my last born, who is only 40 days old. The reason why I had not vaccinated him yet was because the nearest health center was far from here and he was still too little to make the trip. Today, we are taking advantage of the immunization campaign. This is how most of my older children were vaccinated.” Achida Mora, 25, Daban Tchali campsite.
“I used to live in Dounekam in the Lake Chad islands. I came here with my parents and siblings. Hadidja is my first baby. She is 22 days old and today she got her first vaccine against polio. It was important to have my baby vaccinated to prevent her from getting polio.” Fatime Alhajiadji, 17, Daban Tchali campsite.
“Fatime is my sister-inlaw, I married her brother. We both lived in Dounekam in the Lake Chad islands. Mahamat is my first baby, he is 35 days old. I decided to have my baby vaccinated because I love my child. I want to avoid any risks of illness and make sure he stays healthy.” Mariam Aladjare, 18, Daban Tchali campsite.
In addition to the regular national and subnational immunization days, Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIAs) are carried out all year round to immunize as many children as possible against polio.
Thanks to the US Funds and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 2 Supplementary Immunization Activities were organized in December 2016 (in 10 districts) and January 2017 (in 38 districts) in Chad, enabling the vaccination of respectively 2,225,445 and 1,824,596 children. Intensified activities were also organized in 11 districts of the Lake Chad region: between July and October 2017, 3,905 nomads’ children, 27,862 children at weekly markets, 3,753 children in Internally Displaced Camps and 39,864 children living on islands were vaccinated; the opportunity for a new and healthy life for children in the Lake Chad Region.