Sudan measles outbreak lacks sufficient funding and vaccines
Since the outbreak in Dec. 2014, there have been 710 confirmed measles cases out of the 1600 suspected cases. These have occurred in 23 different localities within 12 of Sudan’s states.
In Jan. 2015, Sudan immunized 508,954 children in the Gedarif state and 518,036 children in the Kassal state. Despite their remarkable efforts to control the measles outbreak, organizations have encountered setbacks because of the lack of funds and vaccines.
Healthcare workers have continued to manage cases, respond with vaccine campaigns, raise community health awareness and alert investigators of outbreaks.
To continue battling the outbreak, the WHO and UNICEF have applied for $4 million in a Central Emergency Fund proposal. The plan is for UNICEF to obtain the vaccines and similar supplies, while WHO will obtain technical and operational support for another vaccine campaign.
West Darfur has been especially impacted, as many of its cases have affected goldmine workers.
In recent days, North Darfur -- including Sharaf Omra and Jabel Amer -- has reported new measles cases. The areas in North Darfur compound the outbreak due to internal displacement.