UNICEF undated the status of an emergency vaccination campaign to reach over 210,000 children displaced by violence in Bangui CAR

   UNICEF undated the status of an emergency vaccination campaign to reach over 210,000 children displaced by violence in Bangui CAR, noting that it is now underway at major displacement sites in the capital. At least seven cases of measles have been confirmed, three of them at a site by Bangui airport where about 100,000 people fleeing the violence are staying. The integrated vaccination campaign includes immunization against measles and polio, with the addition of vitamin A   UNICEF undated the status of an emergency vaccination campaign to reach over 210,000 children displaced by violence in Bangui CAR, noting that it is now underway at major displacement sites in the capital. At least seven cases of measles have been confirmed, three of them at a site by Bangui airport where about 100,000 people fleeing the violence are staying. The integrated vaccination campaign includes immunization against measles and polio, with the addition of vitamin A supplementation, deworming medication, and screening for malnutrition. UNICEF noted that up to two-thirds of Bangui’s residents have been displaced by violence since early December. Over 935,000 have been displaced across the country over the past year. They seek shelter in a variety of locations which are not formal settlements and are often called displacement sites. UNICEF said it is providing most of the vaccines, injection material, and operational costs, and will monitor the campaign as it unfolds over several days in dozens of sites across the city. Campaign partners supporting the Ministry of Health include the ICRC, WHO, MSF, the CAR Red Cross, Merlin/Save the Children, International Medical Corps and Médecins du Monde…
UNICEF Media Release: BANGUI, Central African Republic / DAKAR, Senegal / GENEVA, 8 January 2014  http://www.unicef.org/media/media_71726.html