Sudanese Children Receive Second Round of Polio Vaccine

To ensure South Sudan children remain protected against the deadly polio disease, the government, through the health ministry, launched a round of polio vaccinations early this month.

About 3.2 million children under five were vaccinated.

UNICEF communications officer Bismarck Swangin stressed the importance of the campaign in South Sudan, saying the country cannot afford to lose people to vaccine-preventable diseases after posting a high number of casualties in the recent civil war.

The UNICEF and the World Health Organization, in support of the campaign, provided vaccines and helped with the monitoring, respectively.

The country, which only attained its independence in July, has been polio-free since 2009.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.