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Cholera response plan launched in Sudan

06 Oct 2019

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UNICEF Sudan team in Damazine in Blue Nile state inspecting the chlorine disinfectant spray used inside homes to kill the bacteria. Credit: UNICEF

Humanitarian partners in Sudan have launched a three-month cholera response plan to urgently address the current outbreak that has killed eight and affected at least 231 people so far in the Blue Nile and Sennar states. Without immediate action the UN estimates over 13,000 cholera cases could result in the next 6 months in eight high-risk states in Sudan (Blue Nile, Sennar, Gezira, Khartoum, Gadaref, White Nile, Kassala, and River Nile).

To prevent such a tragedy humanitarian agencies are working closely with the Ministry of Health to contain the disease and prevent it from spreading further. The risk has been exacerbated because of the flooding in Sudan that began in July, as cholera is a water-borne disease. Under the new response plan some 2.5 million people will benefit from water, sanitation and hygiene interventions, and hundreds of thousands of severely malnourished children, mothers and caregivers will get access to infant and child feeding counselling.

 Later in October, an Oral Cholera Vaccine campaign will be rolled out targeting 1.6 million people in high-risk communities in the affected Blue Nile and Sennar states. The World Health Organization and the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF will carry out the campaign at the request of Sudanese state authorities.

The cholera response plan requires US$20 million in funding. The cholera vaccination campaign is funded separately from the inter-agency response plan.