Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's health ministry has begun a 10-day mass vaccination campaign against yellow fever in Darfur, in response to the outbreak of the disease there, according to an update by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The update, obtained by PANA here Friday, said as of 17 November, the outbreak is reported to have affected 26 localities, with a total of 459 suspected cases including 116 deaths.
With support from the International Coordinating Group on Yellow Fever Vaccine Provision (YF-ICG), the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), the vaccination campaign will be carried out in the most affected 12 localities in Darfur region, targeting approximately 2.2 million people.
The YF-ICG is a partnership which manages stockpile of yellow fever vaccines for emergency response. It is represented by United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and WHO, which also serves as the Secretariat.
Seven INGOs, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, MSF-Belgium, MSF-Spain, MSF-Swiss, Merlin, Save the Children-Swiss, and International Medical Corps, are currently working in the 12 localities prioritised for the vaccination campaign. They will actively support the Ministry of Health in the emergency response.
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