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Sudan OCHA bulletin 24: Ministry: Change response to Sudan's measles outbreak

June 21 - 2015 KHARTOUM

The Sudanese Ministry of Health reported that a change in the response to the measles epidemic is needed, stressing that vaccination campaigns should not only cover affected localities. The total number of deaths in 2015 has risen to 38.

The Ministry of Health confirmed 2,511 cases in Sudan as of 24 May, a rise of 12% since 3 May. 4,545 patients are suspected to suffer from measles, compared to 4,127 cases at the start of May. Thirty-eight of these suspected cases died. The under-15-years age group has the highest percentage of reported cases. In the latest news bulletin by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Ministry also reports that the only state not affected is River Nile. 

WHO and UNICEF will support the Health Ministry to conduct a second response vaccination campaign, targeting about 1.85 million children between six months and 15 years of age, in 22 localities in North, South, East and Central Darfur states.A change in the approach to responding to disease outbreaks is required, the Ministry of Health, World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said. They recommended that vaccination campaigns should cover states in full and not only affected localities, and should ideally cover the whole country.

Movement of people from Bau locality in Blue Nile

According to Sudan's Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC), 2,825 families (about 16,818 people) were registered in Ed Damazin and El Roseire localities as of 4 June, after being relocated from Bau locality in Blue Nile. The reason for this displacement is unconfirmed. 

Some 24,000 displaced need aid in Guldo, western Jebel Marra

Aid agencies are responding to the humanitarian needs of the 24,000 displaced people in Guldo town, western Jebel Marra in Central Darfur.  In March, some 8,400 out of an estimated 16,200 displaced people received emergency household and shelter supplies. Additional emergency shelter and household kits have been pre-positioned in Nierteti for distribution to the remaining displaced people in Guldo town. Only 4,325 displaced people received emergency food rations in Guldo. 

People affected by conflict in Abu Karinka need aid

People affected by conflict in Abu Karinka, East Darfur, are in need of food, emergency household and shelter supplies, as well as nutrition services, according to an iner-agency mission on 11 June. The mission found that the total population of around 80,000 people has returned. In Abu Karinka, 980 homes burnt to the ground and some 1,300 homes were damaged. People lost their food stocks as well as their livelihood sources.

Read the complete news bulletin here.


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