First measles vaccine batch arrives in Sudan amid outbreak
The doses, ordered by the Federal Ministry of Health, UNICEF and World Health Organization (WHO), arrived at Khartoum International Airport. This is the first batch of the 9.6 million doses needed for a mass immunization campaign in Sudan’s affected states.
WHO has created a proposal that will designate approximately $3.9 million to help Sudan. The funds were taken from the Measles and Rubella Initiative (MRI) to help health professionals purchase medical equipment and vaccines for the campaign against measles in the African nation.
“Thanks to the contribution and hard work of all parties, WHO, jointly with the Federal Ministry of Health, has seen the MRI proposal confirmed, approved and implemented in a short time, and has contributed to the procurement and delivery of measles vaccines by sister agency UNICEF,” Dr. Naeema Al-Gasseer, WHO's representative in Sudan, said.
“Logistics staff in WHO Sudan and the Ministry have exerted intense efforts to ensure timely release of vaccines, Al-Gasseer said. “With the first batch of vaccines received, the success of containment activities is now more likely than before. We will continue our efforts with the Ministry of Health and UNICEF to ensure the receipt of the rest of the vaccine doses in due time.”