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Sudan: first to introduce life-saving meningitis A vaccine into routine immunization

Sudan_immunizationAbout 720 000 children under one year of age in Sudan will be vaccinated this year against meningitis through the routine immunization system.

Khartoum, 28 July 2016 – Children in Sudan are set to become the first in the meningitis belt to benefit from the introduction of meningitis A vaccine into a routine immunization programme. The vaccine, previously only used in immunization campaigns across Africa, will be administered to children as part of the country's routine schedule.

Meningitis is a serious life-threatening infection that affects the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis in Africa mainly occurs within the meningitis belt which stretches from Senegal and the Gambia in West Africa to Ethiopia in the East putting about 430 million people at risk. Sudan falls within the Meningitis belt and accounts for about 2 in every 100 cases (15%) according to WHO Global Disease Burden Data. Sudan with other countries in the Meningitis belt: Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria together account for 7 out of every 10 cases (72%) of the infection.

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WHO and the Federal Ministry of Health launch measles vaccination campaign in Sudan

WHO and The Federal Ministry of Health launch measles vaccination campaign in Sudan Khartoum, 1 June 2016 - The State leadership of the Federal Ministry of Health in Sudan with the support of WHO and partnerships launched, on 22 May 2016, a 10-day subnational measles campaign targeting more than 4 million children aged six months to 15 years in 6 States in Sudan. This campaign, which is being implemented in (West Kordufan, Blue Nile, North Kordofan, South Kordofan, White Nile, and Sennar), is complementary to previous measles immunization rounds carried out in 2015 in 10 states targeting 9 525  441 children under 15 years old.

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Events

Sudan carries out polio outbreak simulation exercise, 26–27 January 2016

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World AIDS Day, 1 December 2015

It is estimated that 53 000 people are living with HIV in Sudan but, unfortunately, two thirds of these people do not know that they are carrying the virus in...

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In focus

The WHO country office in Sudan is announcing the following positions: Programme Assistant, Khartoum Procurement assisistant, Khartoum Closing date for applications: 1 August 2016 Applications should be made to: e-mail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  indicating the position title and...

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15 November 2015 – From 29 August to 8 November 2015, a total of 244 suspected viral haemorrhagic fever cases, including 110 deaths, were reported in South, East, Central, West...

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 36 160
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 11.4
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 311
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 16.0
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 63

Source: Country statistical profiles 2015

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