On the margins of the Third (third) Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Youth Symposium, the President of Uganda, H.E. Yoweri Museveni pledged make stronger to the African Union(AU) COVID-19 Vaccination Bingwa initiative which objectives to boost up the selection of vaccinations to 70% around the African continent by means of the tip of 2022.
In his remarks, President Museveni said: “Africa has an opportunity to reach a good percentage of vaccinated citizens against COVID-19. This initiative is a great step and the Ugandan Government pledges support to integrate and accelerate the message of this campaign”
The AU COVID-19 Vaccination Bingwa initiative is an African Union public-private-youth initiative co-led by means of Africa CDC and the Women, Gender and Youth Directorate and companions. The initiative seeks to identify a community of COVID-19 vaccination teens champions around the continent to boost up the uptake of coronavirus vaccination in Africa.
A key element of the initiative is to create a community of adlescent champions (Bingwa) throughout Africa and make an instantaneous attributable contribution to getting no less than 100 million Africans together with 70 million teens vaccinated, and an oblique contribution to bridging the 760 million vaccination hole in Africa by means of expanding call for for coronavirus vaccinations.
The Acting Director of the Women, Gender and Youth Directorate of the AUC, Ms. Prudence Ngwenya, underscored that this step by means of the Ugandan President will function a perfect encouragement for different heads of state to pledge their make stronger to the marketing campaign.
“The message of vaccination requires a collective effort to drive change across Africa. To successfully fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to get into a mobilization phase of getting over 70 percent of the African population vaccinated”. MS Ngwenya famous in her speech.
To kick get started the marketing campaign, the AU with the make stronger of companions, GIZ, Trace and our Bingwa champion, Mr. Daniel Obal who doubles because the Senior Presidential Aide in Charge of Youth Affairs in Uganda, hosted the first-ever Bingwa Night, as a platform to create consciousness at the relevance of vaccinating and spark the dialog of accelerating vaccinations the use of teens as mobilizers.
“When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, it called for scientists across the world to find a vaccine solution very quickly. Initially there were concerns on vaccine equity as well as vaccine hoarding but now that has shifted – vaccines are available so we need to ensure we are protecting our communities through engaging with initiatives such as the AU COVID-19 Vaccination Bingwa Initiative” Mr. Obal mentioned in his welcome remarks.
Grammy Award Winning Kenyan artist Ben Soul, South Sudanese artist Manasseh, Ugandan artistes Levixone ,Ykee Benda, Crysto Panda, Radio host and influencer Lynda Ddane carried out on the Bingwa night time marketing campaign release.
“Using creative arts, AU Bingwa initiative hopes to change negative opinions about COVID-19 vaccines, instill the need to vaccinate against COVID-19 and mobilize popular support for vaccinations in Africa”. He mentioned on the marketing campaign release”, Ibraheem Sanusi, Head of Project, Strengthening Crisis and Pandemic Response in Africa on the GIZ administrative center to the AU.
Author: African Union