LG Electronics (LG), in collaboration with the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), the Oromia Regional Health Bureau and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), have successfully conducted a community-based cholera vaccination campaign to protect residents against Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) in the Shashemenae town of West Arsi Zone in Ethiopia’s Oromia Region in conjuction with World Health Day.
According to theWorld Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 582 million cases of foodborne enteric disease and 351,000 associated deaths are recorded every year around the world due to food-related illnesses. AWD disease is often spread by unsanitary water and food contaminated with the feces from an infected person. The cholera vaccine helps protect individuals from the effects of the Vibrio cholera bacterium which are found in food and water supplies.
“In an age where vaccines are being attacked by a vocal minority of ill-informed individuals as being harmful, we think it’s more important than ever to show what good vaccination programs can do,” said Choong-hak Lee, executive vice president and head of LG’s Business Support Office. “Our long-term collaboration with IVI has improved the lives of thousands of families in Ethiopia which is why we will continue to support the IVI in their efforts across the region.”
The joint vaccination campaign, which ran from February to March, introduced a new oral cholera vaccine through the public health system for the first time in Ethiopia. The liquid formula was administered in two doses over a two-week period and protects against cholera for up to five years. The vaccinations were carried out at 40 vaccination booths spread out over eight sub-districts of Shashemenae with 40,000 people receiving immunizations.