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Rapid vitamin A supplementation coverage surveys drive program improvement in Sierra Leone

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It is estimated that in sub-Saharan Africa over 42% of children under five years of age are at risk of vitamin A deficiency (VAD) and that sustained VAD control can avert over 645,000 child deaths per year . VAD control is an essential component of achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing under five mortality by two-thirds by the year 2015 in sub-Saharan Africa in general, and in Sierra Leone in particular. UNICEF estimates that Sierra Leone has the highest under-five mortality in the world – 284 per 1,000 live births . It is estimated that 47% of children in Sierra Leone are at risk of VAD and that sustained VAD control will avert over 37,000 child deaths over the next five years . The Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoH&S) of the Government of Sierra Leone is committed to sustained elimination of VAD. Biannual vitamin A supplementation (VAS) is the cornerstone of the VAD control strategy. The Nutrition Forum of the Economic Community of West African States has set an objective of minimum 80% VAS coverage twice per year for children 6–59 months, in conjunction with National Immunization Days (NIDs) for all countries in the region. Large-scale VAS started in 1999. Coverage estimates were based on tally sheets. Outdated census data (from 1985) and population movements due to the ten-year civil war resulted in very inaccurate estimates of the target population. Therefore, rapid post distribution coverage surveys have been critical to assess and improve VAS coverage. This article compares the results of the two rapid vitamin A coverage surveys that have been carried out, and describes the utility of the first survey in improving the subsequent VAS program.

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Year 2005
Authors Mohamed Ag Bendech
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/QIFA9040
DOI Number 10.52439/QIFA9040
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