Newsletter: GAVA consensus statement on VAS during COVID-19

APRIL 20, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic is requiring a response in many countries that includes modifications and restrictions to activities and movement to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. In many settings, this is expected to have serious implications for the delivery of essential health and nutrition services, including vitamin A supplementation (VAS).

GAVA developed a consensus statement (click here for the statement in French) to provide guidance to governments on how to continue to safely deliver VAS to preschool-aged children in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement represents a consensus between GAVA’s core partner agencies – Nutrition International, Helen Keller Intl and UNICEF – and technical partners, and is based on GAVA’s review of WHO guidance for other services that use mass campaigns (e.g. vaccination) and routine health delivery platforms.

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