South Sudan Works To Eliminate Yellow Fever

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South Sudan National Public Health Laboratory is increasing their vaccination capacity

The National Public Health Laboratory in South Sudan is currently working on building their capacity to take part in controlling the Yellow Fever virus. This is in response to the ongoing outbreaks of the virus throughout the years.

South Sudan has seen 187 cases of Yellow Fever, including 27 deaths between 2003 and 2020. This makes strengthening the national capacity to develop prevention vaccinations necessary to avoid another outbreak in the country.

Organizations such WHO, GAVI, UNICEF and CDC have developed the Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics (EYE) strategy. EYE is a comprehensive global strategy that aims to end the Yellow Fever epidemics by 2026 which consists of three strategic objectives:

  1. protect at-risk populations;
  2. prevent international spread; and
  3. contain outbreaks rapidly.

“South Sudan will continue strengthening surveillance and response capacities for yellow fever and other diseases within the context of the integrated disease surveillance and response (IDSR) strategy. The strengthening of national yellow fever laboratory testing capacities will facilitate rapid confirmation and response to new outbreaks as required under the international health regulations (IHR (2005)”, said Dr John Rumunu, the Ministry of Health Director General Preventive Health Services.

The EYE partners will continue their support and work on providing life-long immunity and protection against the disease throughout the region.