South Sudan

South Sudan: 3.3M Kids to Miss Measles Immunisation

The UN Children’s agency UNICEF has warned that over three million children in South Sudan risk missing vaccination against measles as humanitarian funding for the world’s youngest country collapses.

UNICEF said the shortfall in funding (only $27 million of $128 million received) means that some 3.3 million children will not be vaccinated against measles, thumb sickness 260, pilule 000 children affected by conflict will not be supported to return to school, and efforts to reunify 7,300 separated children with their families will be halted.

“This forgotten emergency is threatening the lives of tens of thousands of children,” said a statement attributed to Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF Representative in South Sudan and seen by ChimpReports on Monday.

“The reality is that without adequate support we will simply not be able to provide the services that are needed to prevent children dying from malnutrition, diarrhoea, malaria and vaccine-preventable diseases.”

South Sudan’s violent crisis is now in its third year and fighting has spread to previously peaceful areas in the west of the country, including Wau and Western Equatoria.

UNICEF warns that the peak of the lean season in May will bring with it the threat of famine to over 40,000 people in central Unity State that have been heavily affected by violence.

The aid agency says there is growing number of poor, urban families that are struggling to eat even one meal a day as a result of skyrocketing food prices.

It adds that child malnutrition rates the capital city Juba are three times higher than in surrounding rural areas.


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