Emergency vaccination campaign on the Somali Kenyan border

August 2011

Children waiting to be vaccinated
WHO/Pieter Desloovere

The Horn of Africa is facing its worst drought in over 50 years; child malnutrition rates are more than double or triple the 15% emergency threshold and are expected to rise.

Malnourished children are more prone to sicknesses and diseases, such as measles. From 25–29 July, WHO Kenya and Somalia, UNICEF Kenya and Somalia, and the Kenyan Ministry of Health launched a cross-border vaccination campaign for children living around Dadaab, a large settlement for Somali refugees in north-eastern Kenya. After registration, newly arrived Somali refugees in the Dadaab camps are medically screened and vaccinated. To protect the host population in the area, a vaccination campaign, lead by WHO, targeted about 215 000 children under five, with measles and polio vaccines, together with vitamin A and deworming tablets.

This photostory illustrates in more detail the nature of the vaccination campaign.

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