South Sudan: WHO and partners immunized over 155 000 migrant children through special vaccination posts
November 2016 - In response to the poliomyelitis outbreak associated with type 2 circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2) and ambiguous vaccine derived polio virus (aVDPVs) identified in Unity state, the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with Ministry of Health and partners immunized over 155 000 migrant children under the age of 15 through special vaccination posts. Type 2 circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2) and ambiguous vaccine derived polio virus (aVDPVs) was being detected in September 2014 and April 2015 respectively.
South Sudan WHO Grade 3 emergency
WHO and partners have reached an estimated 1.1 million South Sudanese children with oral polio vaccines
18 November 2016 Juba, South Sudan – Despite the ongoing violence sweeping much of the country, the third round of the National Immunization Days of 2016 campaign is being implemented across South Sudan to ensure the continuation of immunization activities targeting more than 3.5 million children aged 0 – 59 months. The four-day campaign from 15 to 18 November 2016 was organized and led by the Ministry of Health with support from WHO and UNICEF using both house to house and facility-based services to reach all eligible children no matter where they live. The campaign continues beyond the planned four days, due to challenges in assessing children in conflict affected states.
When a country has an outbreak of an infectious disease such as measles or cholera, a good system that can detect it early is essential to help prevent further spread, and save lives and resources. WHO is working with the Ministry of Health and partners to develop local skills and knowledge, including training more than 1300 health workers in such areas as disease detection, outbreak investigation and response.