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    Humanitarian Bulletin
    Sudan
    Issue 42 | 14 – 20 October 2013

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    Planning goes ahead for polio vaccinations in South Kordofan and Blue Nile in November

    The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ali Al-Za’tari, said in an interview that the United Nations had been informed by senior Government officials that the Government of Sudan had agreed to a two week cessation of hostilities in South Kordofan and Blue Nile in the first two weeks of November for polio vaccinations to take place. The vaccination campaign, which is based on a detailed plan negotiated by UNICEF and WHO with both sides, will target 147,000 children under five years of age in areas controlled by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in South Kordofan and 7,000 children in Blue Nile who have not been vaccinated since the ongoing armed conflict began in 2011. According to media reports, the SPLM-N has indicated that two weeks is not enough to bring children from areas deep in the Nuba Mountains to the vaccination points and then return them back to their families.

    The UN Security Council issued a press statement last week calling on the Government of Sudan and the SPLM-N to urgently resolve differences to implement the polio vaccination campaign in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Humanitarian agencies are continuing their advocacy efforts and their operational planning to enable the vaccination campaign to go ahead as soon as all outstanding issues are resolved between the Government of Sudan and the SPLM-N.
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    Deteriorating health situation of displaced people in Labado, East Darfur

    According to UNAMID, the health situation of displaced people who have taken refuge near the UNAMID team site in Labado, East Darfur, has deteriorated and interventions from the humanitarian community are urgently required. The hospital in Labado town has been closed since April due to insecurity. Currently the UNAMID clinic is the only health centre providing the displaced community with health services. According to UNAMID between 120 to 130 people visit the clinic every week. The UNAMID clinic does not have enough medical supplies and lacks maternal care facilities.

    The entire population of Labado town – an estimated 25,000 people according to HAC – fled the town following fighting between SAF and an armed movement in April 2013. Some of the displaced people sought refuge at the UNAMID team site in Labado while others moved to displaced people’s camps in Nyala in South Darfur. The displaced people have not returned to Labado and according to the last World Food Programme (WFP) food distribution in September, there are an estimated 7,000 displaced people currently sheltering near the UNAMID team site.

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    Whooping cough outbreak in North Darfur
    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 20 October the 30 people have been diagnosed with whooping cough in North Darfur’s El Sireaf locality, with one fatality reported. Out of the 30 cases, 29 have been in children under five years of age. All reported cases are being treated and WHO and the SMoH may initiate a Pentavalent vaccination campaign targeting children under five years in the locality to prevent further outbreaks.

    http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb...n_Issue_42.pdf
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    Re: Sudan Humanitarian Bulletin Health update Oct 20

    Humanitarian Bulletin
    Sudan
    Issue 43 | 21 – 27 October 2013
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    Whooping cough and measles cases in Darfur

    WHO has reported that the whooping cough outbreak is still on-going in North Darfur’s El Sireaf locality. The total number of suspected cases reached 58, with two fatalities representing a case fatality rate (CFR) of 3.4 per cent. All identified cases are being treated. WHO provided technical and operational support to a rapid response team from the Epidemiology Department of the State Ministry of Health (SMoH). The team is conducting active search for cases. Coordination with the expanded programme on immunization (EPI) is underway to revise the vaccination coverage in the area.

    Meanwhile in South Darfur’s El Serif IDP camp, the international NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – Belgium has reported four suspected cases of measles in the camp. Samples have been taken for laboratory testing. Measles is a highly contagious disease and it remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. Overcrowding in IDP camps greatly increases the risk of infection, according to WHO.
    http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb...27_Oct2013.pdf
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    The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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