Immunization Campaign

The PNG project

A pilot action carried out in 2022: an infant immunisation campaign was carried out in September and October 2022 among the tribes of the island of New Ireland in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Aidocean acts to prevent the resurgence of deadly epidemics and offers vital care to tribes on isolated Pacific islands. In 2023, the mission took place in the New Hanover region. A multidisciplinary team (dentist, ophthalmologist, gynaecologist, water consultant, etc.) went to meet the villagers.

In 2024, a new mission will begin in the Gulf Province (in the south of the country) in partnership with Gulf Christian Services and the Gulf Province Health Authority.

Why ?

The impetus for the project stems from an declaration made by WHO: global measles cases had increased sharply in 2019 and the number of deaths had increased by nearly 50% since 2016.
”Before the coronavirus crisis,  the world was in the throes of a measles crisis, which has not gone away,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.


Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO also said, “The data show that we are failing to protect children from measles in some parts of the world. We must act together to help countries and inspire communities to vaccinate everyone, everywhere, against measles to stop this deadly virus.


The increase in measles deaths since 2016


The vaccination rate necessary to prevent measles outbreaks.


The measles vaccination rate in Papua-New-Guinea in 2018.

Where vaccinate ?

In view of the health emergency, our pilot immunisation mission focused on Papua New Guinea, and more specifically on the isolated islands of New Ireland. However, measles vaccination coverage has not been achieved in a large area of the Pacific: in Vanuatu, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Kiribati, etc. The Philippines also has a much lower coverage rate, but its maritime zone is dangerous.

The 2nd mission provided care and vaccinations on the neighbouring island of New Hanover.

In 2024, Aidocean will be working in southern Papua, in the sparsely populated Gulf Province, in partnership with the Gulf Service Christians and the Gulf Prince Health Authority.

carte mission Aidocean

Which vaccins ?

Vaccines against childhood diseases are our first priority. Measles, which caused 207 500 deaths in 2019, is one of the most imperative vaccines for this area of the Pacific. However,  vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, tuberculosis, hepatitis B and polio are also a part of our overall plan. 

Number of measles deaths in the world in 2019

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