Launch of the Carriage Component of PneumoTone 2

March 29, 2017

The carriage component of PneumoTone was conducted jointly with the PERILIC sero-epidemiology study from January 21 to March 29. The goal of this carriage study was to measure prevalence of pneumococcus carriage in the town’s populations after the introduction of PCV13 vaccine in the routine EPI and a catch-up campaign for children aged 9-59 months in 2015.

The launch ceremony for the two studies took place in the Dapaong Hotel on January 19, 2017 in the presence of Dapaong’s town prefect, the regional management representative for education in Savanes region, the representative of the special delegation of Dapaong, the representative of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, and AMP.

In parallel, theoretical and practical training sessions on the study’s protocol and procedures took place on January 18-20. This training was delivered to 10 community health officers, five laboratory technicians and engineers, five medical assistants and two nurses specialized in ENT. This pilot phase allowed for last minute checks and to finalize the practical organization of the two studies (investigative team, laboratory, clinical, supervisors, etc.).