|(May) Immunization Programme Evaluation in French Guiana|
From 9-18 May 2012, the local Regional Health Agency and PAHO jointly evaluated the immunization programme of the French Department of Guyane. French Guiana is located in the North-east of South America and shares borders with
This evaluation sought to assess the coordination among private and public partners, investigate options for vaccination data collection in a territory where private practitioners perform a significant proportion of all vaccinations, and review the integration of the local programme with those of the
Vaccination generally follows the national French immunization schedule, which currently includes 15 main antigens. Specific adjustments for
Administrative coverage data is not available and surveys are periodically carried out (most recently, a school-based survey showed in 2009 85% coverage for the second Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) dose). Although recommended, uptake of PCV and HPV vaccines remains very low. Whilst showing a well-performing immunization programme, the evaluation in
Published in Global Immunization Newsletter, May 2012.
Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization