Via MSF.org: South Sudan: MSF completes cholera vaccination campaign in Juba. Excerpt:
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has completed a targeted cholera vaccination campaign reaching over 160,000 people in Juba. The vaccination campaign, undertaken in coordination with the South Sudanese Ministry of Health, provides additional protection against cholera to people living in areas most-affected by the current outbreak, helping to reduce spread of cholera within those neighbourhoods.
In the first phase of the campaign, from 31 July to 8 August, MSF vaccinated over 138,000 people at 21 vaccination points across the city. In the second phase, from 9 August to 26 August, MSF increased the level of targeting by providing vaccinations to populations immediately surrounding new, confirmed cases of cholera. Over 22,000 people in 25 locations across Juba were vaccinated in the second phase.
“The campaign aims to reduce transmission of cholera within the most-affected areas of Juba,” says MSF Medical Advisor Barbara Rusch. “At the same time, the goal of the targeting strategy is to help bring an end to the present outbreak of cholera in Juba as quickly as possible.”
MSF is also providing treatment for patients suffering from cholera. In July, MSF opened a cholera treatment centre (CTC) in Juba, undertaken in coordination with the Ministry of Health, which has provided care to 77 patients. In Bor State Hospital, in Jonglei State, MSF has treated 136 suspected cholera cases as well as providing technical capacity and logistical support to the cholera treatment unit in the hospital.
To date, 1,538 cholera cases and 45 deaths have been reported in Juba County in an outbreak that was declared by the Ministry of Health on 23 June. A further 136 suspected cases, including one death, have been reported in Bor, Jonglei state.
In recent weeks, the rate of cholera transmission in South Sudan has decreased from a peak of 235 cases per week in late June to less than 50 cases in the most recent week for which data is available. MSF is encouraged by a decline in the number of cholera cases in recent weeks and has placed its CTC in Juba on standby. However, MSF continues to monitor the situation closely and remains prepared to respond further if the need arises.