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‘1,800 measles cases reported in Sudan’: OCHA

March 19 - 2015 KHARTOUM
Displaced children at the safe zone adjacent to Unamid's base in Um Baru, North Darfur (Hamid Abdulsalam/Unamid)
Displaced children at the safe zone adjacent to Unamid's base in Um Baru, North Darfur (Hamid Abdulsalam/Unamid)

As of 15 March, about 1,800 suspected measles cases, including 803 confirmed cases and 11 deaths, have been recorded in 12 Sudanese states.

According to the federal Ministry of Health, the majority of deaths were reported in North, West, and East Darfur.

The Ministry, in cooperation with the Sudanese Association of Paediatricians, have finalised measles case management guidelines that will be distributed to medical staff in health facilities throughout the country, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan reported in its latest weekly bulletin.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef are supporting the Health Ministry in the “implementation of the initial response and containment measures in West and North Darfur, including case management, investigations, surveillance and community health awareness”.

A request for funding will soon be submitted to the Central Emergency Response Fund to support the response.


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