Côte d’Ivoire

PIVI's WORK WITH Côte d’Ivoire

In addition to having a vaccine policy cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cote d’Ivoire began working with PIVI in 2018. Information from a Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) survey was utilized to forecast uptake and vaccine needs and to craft targeted messages addressing vaccine hesitancy. Cote d’Ivoire then completed a small pilot vaccination campaign focused on healthcare workers and diabetics, which demonstrated broad acceptance of the vaccine. This data encouraged the Ministry of Health to continue to strengthen and grow the program to vaccinate 15,000 health workers in the regions of Abidjan, Cavally, Gbêké, Grand Pont, Indenie Djuablin, Poro, Sud Comoe, and Tonkpi.

Cote d’Ivoire has also completed a National Immunization Technical Assistance Group (NITAG) flu working group training, and their high level NITAG functioning has positioned them as a leader in African regional NITAG groups. The draft policy recommendation produced after the workshop was presented to the CNEIV (Cote d’Ivoire’s NITAG) in order to support policy decisions.

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Population of Côte d’Ivoire
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Vaccines Delivered

Targeted Groups

  • Healthcare Workers
  • Persons with Diabetes
  • Children Under 5


  • Institut National d’Hygiene Publique (INHP)



PIVI partnership begins


NITAG Workshop


Pilot Vaccine Study


Microplan Workshop


AEFI Focal Points and Vaccinator Trainings

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PIVI works in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ministries of Health, corporate partners and others to create sustainable, seasonal influenza vaccination programs that target high-risk groups like health workers, pregnant women and infants in low- and middle-income countries like Cote D'Ivoire. In this picture, mothers and their babies participate in the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Treichville’s mass vaccination campaign.
Building up a strong immunization system requires extensive preparation including establishing records and surveillance systems to record the number of people vaccinated and monitoring for adverse events following immunization (AEFIs). Here Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Treichville staff prepare patient forms before the vaccination campaign.
Supply chains that support the necessary cold storage for influenza vaccines, like this walk-in refrigerator at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Treichville,are essential to ensuring a stable immunization system.
During its first collaboration with PIVI in 2019 and 2020, Côte d'Ivoire successfully deployed 15,000 doses of influenza vaccine to vaccinate health care workers, a population at risk of illness and transmission of influenza because of their contact with patients. For the most recent campaign (2021 - 2022), PIVI provided another 30,500 doses of vaccine to Côte d'Ivoire.
Health workers are a key high-risk group for influenza as they care for the general public who are sick. In addition, they are often the strongest advocates for getting vaccinated. Ensuring they are vaccinated is a crucial strategy to influenza preparedness and building a strong immunization system.
A total of 23,654 syringes and 425 needle disposal safety boxes were used and properly stored. As a part of PIVI’s work with the Ministry of Health, health workers are trained on safe vaccination practices.
While mass vaccination campaigns draw many people to their local health facilities, reaching high-risk groups often requires health workers to travel to bring services to remote communities.
Partners in collaboration with the vaccination campaign helped fill out patient health forms. Proper completion of immunization cards, and tally sheets by vaccinator assistants were instrumental in helping the vaccination process run smoothly.
The PIVI program highlighted an intentional focus on data management. Vaccinator assistants were equipped with database tutorials and other archival management tools.
Increasing awareness of the vaccination campaign was achieved by hosting informational meetings with regional and district stakeholders. Letters with additional information were also sent to the various health facility managers who relayed them to the heads of department and health workers. All of these efforts helped lay the foundation for strong participation.
In partnership with PIVI, the Ministry of Health in Cote d’Ivoire hopes to expand the reach of influenza campaigns.With increased involvement of health authorities and planning, future campaigns are anticipated to have even greater impact across the country.
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Photos courtesy of Kouadio Leger Gannon for PIVI.