Immunization highlights: 2012
Vaccination in emergencies
Targeting yellow fever in the Sudan
Since late September 2012, an outbreak of yellow fever has affected people in the Darfur region of Sudan. Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease, transmitted by infected mosquitoes, for which there is no cure. The current outbreak in Darfur puts almost 6 million people at risk.
A photo story has been developed to showcase WHO’s role in supporting the Ministry of Health of Sudan to confront the yellow fever outbreak. It demonstrates how WHO is assisting in assessing the risk of the outbreak spreading, improving diagnosis, increasing capacity and developing an emergency response vaccination strategy. The photos also show key elements of the vaccination campaign: the provision of injection materials, vaccination challenges and the targets set for the campaign. The story concludes with the WHO proactive recommendation that to effectively prevent outbreaks yellow fever vaccination coverage should be increased.