Emergencies preparedness, response

2002 - Meningococcal meningitis in Somalia - Update 1

28 January 2002

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 26 January 2002, 67 681 people had been vaccinated in the mass vaccination campaign in Hargeisa which began on 24 January (see previous report).  Twenty-three teams are carrying out the campaign, coordinated by a National Epidemic Task Force including the Ministry of Health, Somalia, WHO, UNICEF, the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) and Médecins sans Frontières (Holland).  Social mobilization efforts are continuing to ensure maximum coverage of the affected population.