The affected areas share borders with Guinea and Mali and cross border movements are common because of gold mines. The risk of spread of this epidemic is therefore high in this sub-region, prompting the need to conduct a targeted vaccination response.
Accordingly, the Senegalese Ministry of Health is planning to organize a vaccination campaign, targeting non-vaccinated individuals aged nine months and above (excluding pregnant women).
The Senegalese Red Cross Society (SRCS), which is member of the National Outbreak Management Committee, is planning take part in this campaign. The DREF allocation will enable it to assist social mobilization activities, with the mobilization of 210 community volunteers in the 3 targeted health districts of Salémata, Kédougou and Saraya. This operation is expected to be implemented over three months and will therefore be completed by 16 March, 2012.