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Community mobilisation and vaccine logistics in hard-to-reach areas of Nepal

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The German Last Mile Initiative is helping to accelerate the Nepalese government’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign in hard-to-reach areas of Sudur Paschim province. GIZ implements the financed measures through the Support to the Health Sector Strategy (S2HSS) project.

The project works with partners in the province to mobilise communities and to strengthen vaccine logistics. It implements information and sensitisation campaigns aimed at vulnerable groups, migrant returnees, teachers, and parents; supports vaccination training for health workers; mobilises female volunteers; and supports district and municipal health offices with planning workshops. The project is also procuring cold chain equipment and supporting vaccination sites to safely dispose of vaccination-related material in accordance with waste management protocols. 

The project has helped to train 150 health workers in pediatric vaccination and approximately 4,600 health workers in community awareness and mobilisation. More than 10,000 children in Achham, Bajhang, Dadeldhura, Kailali and Kanchanpur Districts have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Six local NGOs have started undertaking community outreach activities in selected districts of Sudur Paschim province. In total, more than 650,000 people have been reached by these measures so far.

  • Executing project:  Support to the Health Sector Strategy (S2HSS)
  • Implementing organisation: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH 
  • Commissioned by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Local partners: Ministry of Health and Population, Ministry of Social Development/Provincial Health Directorate (Sudur Paschim Province), 5 district health offices, 49 local government (municipal) health offices, 5 partner tertiary-level hospitals, 17 public schools, and 7 local non-governmental organisations
  • Funding: EUR 700,000 from Last Mile Initiative (in addition to EUR 6.85 m core funding)
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