new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Vaccination campain against meningitis in El Fasher | by UNAMID Photo
Back to photostream

Vaccination campain against meningitis in El Fasher

08 October 2012. El Fasher: A nurse prepares a vaccination against the meningitis at the office of the Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI) in E Fasher, North Darfur.

A massive vaccination campaign, organized by the Governement of Sudan and the World Health Organization (WHO) against meningococcal A meningitis started this month targeting 16.9 million children and adults, ranging from 1 to 29 years, in all Darfur states, Blue Nile, Khartoum, Gezira, Sennar and Gedaref. The rest of Sudan will be vaccinated during the first quarter of 2013.

The vaccine protects children as young as one year of age and young adults, and confers immunity that may last a decade. It reduces transmission and contributes to herd immunity, meaning that even people who were not vaccinated receive some protection.

WHO estimates that the vaccine is expected to reduce cases of meningitis A between 80% and 85%, and this is valid for Sudan as well, and will save nearly 150 000 young lives in the Meningitis belt countries by 2015.

Photo by Albert González Farran - UNAMID

3,482 views
0 faves
0 comments
Taken on October 14, 2012