Saving Lives and Livelihoods: Key Impacts, Achievements and Milestones

Saving Lives and Livelihoods: Key Impacts, Achievements and Milestones

The Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative, a partnership between the Africa Centres for Disease Control and the Mastercard Foundation will mark its first anniversary in June 2022. Here are the key achievements and impact so far.

June 2021: Launch of Saving Lives and Livelihoods by Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC with a commitment to purchase vaccines for at least 50 million people under the $1.5 billion partnership.
July 2021: Saving Lives and Livelihoods deployed rapid response teams to support vaccination in countries facing the prospect of vaccine expiration, including Sierra Leone, Cameroon, and South Sudan.
Nov. 2021: A first portion of 15 million vaccines, procured through the Saving Lives and Livelihoods, was distributed across Africa.
In Cameroon, this also included training health workers to address vaccine hesitancy in communities. A total of 265 attendees, representing 43 member states, took part in capacity building workshops in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Morocco.
Nigeria began to administer Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. The country benefited from the delivery of over 3.3 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines through the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative.
Jan. 2022: Africa CDC started talks with Pfizer for a COVID-19 treatment pill as part of an approach that includes scaling up vaccines and expanding testing to help deal with the pandemic.
Africa CDC partnered with Parsyl, a leading provider of smart vaccine monitoring solutions in emerging markets, to avail 10,000 vaccine monitoring devices to African Union Member States in support of COVID-19 vaccine distribution on the continent. The platform includes a suite of monitoring devices, a mobile app, a web platform, and an optional gateway for automatic data offload.
Africa CDC trained emergency health responders in South Sudan, and equipped
them to detect and report incidents of disease.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa launched a new vaccine manufacturing facility expected to boost the country’s capacity to develop its own inoculations against COVID-19 and other diseases.
Africa is on course to vaccinate 70% of its population against COVID-19 by the end of 2022 according to the Africa CDC. So far, a total of 580 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been received in Africa and 64% of those have been administered.
Saving Lives and Livelihoods supported the setup of screening and testing sites for fans attending the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations matches to ensure a safe tournament in Cameroun. Volunteers assisted with enhanced surveillance and conducted Rapid Antigen Testing ahead of games at various stadiums.

 

Vaccine administration at the Metropolitan Hospital, Nairobi

Vaccine administration at the Metropolitan Hospital, Nairobi

Feb. 2022: Supported the delivery of vaccines to millions more across the continent. More
than 12 million COVID-19 vaccines have been officially delivered to 20 countries,
including Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, DRC,
Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique,
Nigeria, Rwanda, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia.
Global Afropop star Yemi Alade was appointed Global Ambassador for It’s Up to Us—a pan-African campaign driven by the Africa CDC and Mastercard Foundation. The campaign encourages African youths to unite and get vaccinated against COVID-19. The announcement was marked by the release of a campaign video featuring the singer.
April 2022: Focus on Youths – Launch of the Bingwa Initiative; an African Union public- private-youth initiative co-led by Africa CDC and the Women, Gender and Youth Directorate through the Youth Division. The initiative seeks to establish a network of COVID-19 vaccination youth champions across the continent to accelerate the uptake of coronavirus vaccination in Africa.
June 2022: Rollout of Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) – onboarding of implementing partners and playing a crucial role in creating demand for and uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as supporting other non-pharmaceutical efforts to break the chain of transmission.