The African Union COVID-19 Vaccination Bingwa Initiative

During the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government (HoSG) Summit, February 2022, the AU COVID-19 Champion, H.E. President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, presented a comprehensive report, which was endorsed, on the pandemic situation in Africa and made key recommendations which were endorsed by the Heads of States and Government (HoSG) . The HoSG committed to exercise leadership to advance the vaccination agenda and urge the Africa CDC to ensure greater coordination and partnerships to support Member States to achieve the goal of vaccinating at least 70% of the continent’s population by the end of June 2022.

The AU COVID-19 Vaccination Bingwa Initiative” as part of the Africa CDC’s wide Programme of Saving Lives and Livelihoods. The initiative seeks to establish a network of COVID-19 vaccination youth champions across the continent to accelerate the uptake of COVID-19 vaccination in Africa.

Specifically, the initiative seeks to:

  • Create a network of Bingwas, with a target of at least one Bingwa per district and each Bingwa responsible for mobilizing at least people to be vaccinated.
  • Make a direct attributable contribution to vaccinating at least 100 million Africans including 30 million youth, and
  • Make an indirect contribution to bridging the 727 million vaccination gap in Africa by increasing demand for the COVID-19 vaccinations.

Petrider Paul takes on the role of COVID-19 Bingwa champion East Africa Region and will implement the following:

  1. Advocate for Vaccination in Pwani Region, Tanzania
  2.  Coordinate Information Education Communication materials in Pwani Region, Tanzania
  3. Disseminate COVID-19 Information through different channels by working  with local actors to support vaccination sessions in schools, workplaces, churches, mosques, markets, and other relevant community platforms. 
  4.  Be part of the continental Bingwas network

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