Ensuring Equitable Protection: Nationwide Periodic Intensification of Routine Immunization (PIRI)


In a world where vaccines are among the most potent tools for safeguarding public health, Sierra Leone is taking a momentous step to ensure that every eligible individual, regardless of their location or circumstances, receives the protection they need against vaccine-preventable diseases. The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Expanded Program on Immunization and various partners, has launched a nationwide Periodic Intensification of Routine Immunization (PIRI) campaign. This initiative, which commenced on October 23, 2023, and is set to conclude on October 29, 2023, is a resounding declaration of our commitment to equitable healthcare access.

Reaching the unreachable

The PIRI campaign goes beyond the urban centers and extends its arms to the remotest corners of the country. It prioritizes the most vulnerable populations, ensuring that they receive the vital immunization services that can protect them from a host of preventable diseases. The campaign’s core objective is to bridge the accessibility gap and ensure that every child, every family, and every community has access to immunization services that are vital for their well-being.

Innovative Strategies for Inclusivity

To achieve this monumental task, the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with its partners, has employed innovative strategies. Mobile vaccination teams are being deployed to the hardest-to-reach areas, ensuring that even the most isolated communities are not left behind. These teams are equipped with the necessary vaccines and are well-prepared to address any concerns and provide guidance on the importance of immunization.

Community Outreach and Door-to-Door Immunization

One of the remarkable features of the PIRI campaign is the commitment to go the extra mile. Through community outreach programs, health workers and volunteers are engaging directly with communities. They are not merely knocking on doors; they are knocking down barriers to healthcare access. Door-to-door vaccinations are bringing immunization services to the doorsteps of families, making it easier for parents to protect their children.

Raising awareness and addressing concerns

In addition to the mobile teams, the Ministry of Health is working hand in hand with local community leaders and organizations to raise awareness about the importance of immunization. This collaborative effort aims to not only provide information but also to address any concerns or misconceptions that may exist among the population. By fostering open and informed dialogue, these efforts aim to increase the acceptance and uptake of vaccines.

A Collective Effort for a Healthier Future

The Periodic Intensification of Routine Immunization (PIRI) campaign is a testament to the power of collective effort and determination. It symbolizes the unwavering commitment of Sierra Leone to provide equitable healthcare access, leaving no one behind. In the battle against vaccine-preventable diseases, the nation stands united, determined to protect the health and future of its people.

As the campaign unfolds, it is a reminder that healthcare is not a privilege but a fundamental right. Every vaccine administered is a step toward a healthier and more resilient Sierra Leone. The nationwide PIRI campaign serves as a beacon of hope, illuminating the path to a future where preventable diseases are a thing of the past and health and well-being are accessible to all.

In this mission, every child reached, every community served, and every vaccine administered is a triumph for Sierra Leone. It is a step closer to a nation where health knows no boundaries.

Emmanuel Ogundeyi

Emmanuel Abiodun Ogundeyi Website Administrator Directorate of Health Security And Emergency - MoHS Communication Department