Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Botswana Through Community Outreach and Door-to-Door Vaccination

Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC), a five-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is dedicated to addressing the HIV and COVID-19 pandemics. In Botswana, EpiC is led by FHI360 with core partners Right to Care (RTC), Palladium, and Population Services International (PSI). EpiC was modified in early 2020 to include funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19 by supporting the Ministry of Health to bolster health systems to address the pandemic.

To address low vaccine uptake among youth and the general population in the year 2022, EpiC rolled out intensive community mobilization. The project collaborated closely with District Health Management Teams (DHMTs), local community structures, and district-level leadership to rapidly increase vaccination uptake.

This resource is a success story that outlines the strategy that was employed to roll out vaccines at the community level.

Source: Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Botswana Through Community Outreach and Door-to-Door Vaccination

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Leveraging community-based HIV services to reach female sex workers with the COVID-19 vaccine in Ruvuma, Tanzania

With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, EpiC is now leveraging its existing HIV service provision structures and personnel such as peer educators, peer navigators, community leadership, peer referrals, KP-friendly health care workers (HCWs), and education and outreach systems to optimize access to COVID-19 vaccines among Female Sex Workers (FSWs) in five of the project’s regions, including Ruvuma.

Source: Leveraging community-based HIV services to reach female sex workers with the COVID-19 vaccine in Ruvuma, Tanzania

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    Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccination for People Living with HIV and Key Populations

    This technical guide is intended to support COVID-19 vaccination programs to ensure adequate COVID-19 vaccine coverage among those most vulnerable to and living with HIV.

    These COVID-19 vaccination strategies are based on and adapted from best practices and promising innovations from decades of experience designing and implementing HIV programs with and for PLHIV and KPs. These recommendations should be implemented alongside mitigation strategies that reduce exposure to and impact of COVID-19 on HIV program beneficiaries and staff and safely maintain HIV services.

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      HIV and COVID-19 Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Repository of Resources

      The Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project has curated a collection of SBC materials and tools developed by its local project teams and used across its country programs to support HIV prevention, care, and treatment as well as COVID-19-related programming.

      Source: HIV and COVID-19 Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Repository of Resources

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        Protecting older adults in Indonesia through COVID-19 vaccination

        The Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project rolled out several approaches to increase COVID-19 vaccination coverage among older adults in DKI Jakarta, West Java, Banten Province, Central Java, and the Special Region of Yogyakarta.

        Source: Protecting older adults in Indonesia through COVID-19 vaccination

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          Cameroon Vaccination campaign tools (5th round)

          This is a collection of materials for Cameroon’s COVID-19 vaccination SBC campaign.

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