WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

GAVI congratulates MSF on introducing new vaccine in Sudan

The GAVI Alliance released a statement on Thursday that congratulated Medecins Sans Frontieres on introducing a new vaccine to the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan.

"The GAVI Alliance congratulates MSF on beginning to vaccinate children with pneumococcal conjugate vaccines in the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan," GAVI said. "We were pleased to have been able to play a facilitating role in helping MSF procure these vaccines."

GAVI said that it is working on giving vaccines to children as well. GAVI's focus is to expand access to vaccines in a long-term way. Its goal is to work with governments in the world's 73 poorest countries in order to make sure that there are immunization services available for all children.

"South Sudan has yet to apply for GAVI support for PCV but when it does, GAVI will work with the Ministry of Health to help them roll it out sustainably to all children in the country," GAVI said. "First, we will support South Sudan to introduce the pentavalent vaccine starting next year (2014). Just this month, GAVI has supported neighbouring Sudan to introduce PCV."

GAVI acknowledged the importance of vaccines in humanitarian emergencies, such as the current introduction of PCV in Kenya.