Digital and Community Influencers Drive COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Targeted South African Populations

Project Last Mile is working with South Africa’s National Department of Health (NDoH) to test influencer-led approaches, which have proven to reach and motivate targeted segments with low vaccine uptake.

Since August 2021, Project Last Mile has worked with the NDoH in South Africa to improve uptake of COVID-19 vaccines.

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    How South Africa is integrating COVID

    South Africa’s National Department of Health has published new guidelines for the care of mothers and newborns in the context of the ever-present threat of COVID-19. The guidelines incorporate new scientific and operational evidence. The aim is to ensure that clinical care for mothers, babies and children during the pandemic remains relevant, practical and evidence-based.

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      Rooted in Trust: Addressing Vaccine Misinformation through Information Ecosystem Strengthening in Zimbabwe and South Sudan

      This powerpoint shares a response to COVID-19 misinformation among vulnerable communities and people affected by humanitarian crises with a focus on Zimbabwe and South Sudan.

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        How can community-based youth and women’s organizations in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region support demand for COVID-19 vaccines?

        First introduced in the Eastern and Southern Africa region (ESAR) in February 2021, 68 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to date, and the available supply of vaccines in the region is expected to continue to increase significantly in 2022.

        Ensuring acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccination at country level is key to successful reduction of transmission and containment of the pandemic. However, introducing any new vaccine – especially with new target populations, through potentially new delivery strategies is challenging.

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          Data for ACTION RCCE for COVID-19 Vaccine Demand in Eastern and Southern Africa: Special Edition on Adolescents and Youth

          This is a document explaining the importance of COVID-19 vaccine uptake among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, as they make up 70% of the population.

          Source: Data for ACTION RCCE for COVID-19 Vaccine Demand in Eastern and Southern Africa: Special Edition on Adolescents and Youth

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            Real time assessment (RTA) UNICEF’s ongoing response to COVID-19 in eastern and southern Africa

            This real time assessment (RTA) of UNICEF support to COVID-19 vaccine demand promotion in the eastern and southern African region (ESAR) is based on qualitative research in four countries: Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Africa, and South Sudan. The aim is to support UNICEF’s reflection on its ongoing work on COVID-19 vaccine demand promotion (success factors and challenges) and to draw lessons.

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              The Truck: A COVID-19 prevention campaign on wheels

              The Truck is a multi-media messenger on wheels traveling South Africa and broadcasting local stories about how COVID-19 has affected people’s lives. Accompanied by trained community engagement teams, the joint effort is a vital communication intervention creating awareness about COVID-19 prevention methods while combatting misinformation and myths about the virus.

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                Trends in handwashing behaviours for COVID-19 prevention: Longitudinal evidence from online surveys in 10 sub-Saharan African countries

                Handwashing is essential for respiratory virus prevention, but uptake of handwashing in the context of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic remains under-explored. This study examines trends in and determinants of handwashing practices for COVID-19 prevention in 10 countries in West, East, and Southern Africa. Data are derived from an online global Facebook survey assessing COVID-19 knowledge, attitudes, and practices, fielded in July (Round 1) and November 2020 (Round 2).

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                  COVID-19: How to respond to vaccine hesitancy

                  Initially hindered by low and inconsistent supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, the South African government is now in a somewhat better position to actively campaign and increase vaccine demand, despite being caught in the midst of a viral ‘infodemic’. This article unpacks what can be done to boost demand for the jab.

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                    COVID-19 Pandemic: How to Shop Safely in the Marketplace

                    The arrival of the Coronavirus changed many parts of community life. Your market may even have closed. As a market vendor, you need to stay healthy so the market can remain open so you can sell your goods and your community can access food and products. By following the actions in this video, you can help the market stay open and be an example to your customers on how to stay safe during this pandemic.

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