Yellow Fever Outbreak in Darfur, Sudan - Situation Report No 7, 18 November 2012
• Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) has received the initial 800,000 doses of yellow fever vaccine on Friday, 16 November 2012, from the International Coordinating Group on Vaccine (ICG) to conduct an emergency response vaccination campaign in Darfur. The remaining doses from the commitment of 2.4 million doses will arrive today, 18 November 2012.
• The ten day vaccination campaign will start on 24 November targeting 2.4 million population in 12 localities in South, North, Central and West Darfur.
• The outbreak has now affected 26 localities in Central, South, West, North, and East Darfur. As of 17 November, the total number of cases has reached 459, including 116 deaths.
• To vaccinate 2.4 million population, the required fund is US$5.2 million. The Central Emergency Response Fund has approved US$2.6 million while US$1.7 million has been mobilized at country level including operational support from international non-government organizations (INGOs), the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as Government contribution. WHO is now seeking support from ECHO to fill the funding gaps for vaccination campaign and provision of treatment for patients.
• Seven INGOs working in 12 localities prioritized for the vaccination campaign have committed to bear operational costs for the campaign, namely the International Committee of the Red Cross,
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-Belgium, MSF-Spain, MSF-Swiss, Merlin, Save the Children – Swiss, and International Medical Corps.