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    From: Horn of Africa Crisis
    Situation Report No. 33
    24 February 2012


    Health: Djibouti is facing a nationwide outbreak of measles, with about 50 cases reported since mid-January
    in Dikhil, Djibouti City, Balbala, and Ali Addeh refugee camp. About 50 per cent of the cases are children
    aged 9 months to under age 5. However, cases with complications have been reported in infants less than 6
    months and in adolescents and adults above 15 years. Two deaths among children under age 5 were
    reported, while a malnourished pregnant woman suffered from a miscarriage after contracting measles.
    Many of the hospitalized children suffered from complications such as pneumonia and malnutrition. In
    response, the health cluster will next week launch a major vaccination campaign, while continuing support of
    surveillance and treatment. The Ministry of Health task force identified the need to vaccinate approximately
    300,000 children between 6 months and 15 years, necessitating doubling the stock of vaccines and Vitamin
    A currently available. For its part, UNHCR conducted a measles vaccination campaign from 14 to 18
    February in Ali Addeh refugee camp, where 15 suspected measles cases and one related death have been
    reported. A total of 5,876 children aged 9 months to 15 years were vaccinated, as were 233 children from
    local communities surrounding the camp.

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    Re: Djibouti Health updates 2012

    From Humanitarian Bulletin
    Eastern Africa
    Issue 02 | 9 - 23 March 2012

    Health, Nutrition and Food Updates
    On the health front, UNICEF reports that with the total number of measles cases having
    reached 92 from all age groups in the country since January, a national vaccination
    campaign targeting 95,225 children from 9 months to 5 years old was launched on 15
    March. A catch-up vaccination for outbreak sites and areas with low vaccination
    coverage will follow. With regard to nutrition, during its most recent reporting period (1-
    14 March), UNICEF reports that the total number of new cases of malnutrition is 217
    compared to 271 for the previous reporting period. The number of severe and moderate
    malnutrition cases is 101 and 116, respectively. In addition, four severely malnourished
    children died during this period. For its part, WFP is introducing a new nutrition product,
    “Supercereal Plus”, for treatment of moderate acute malnutrition in children under age 5,
    comprised of wheat and dehulled soya beans, sugar, dried skim milk, refined soya bean
    oil, vitamins and minerals, a 200-gram daily ration provides 840 Kcal, 32 grams of
    proteins and 18 grams of fat. Training of health staff in its administration in
    supplementary feeding programmes is ongoing.
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