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CERF allocated US$2 million to support critical Ebola preparedness
The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund allocated US$2 million to support critical Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) preparedness activities in South Sudan. The EVD activities aim to protect an estimated 440,000 people in high-risk areas. The CERF funds will help with time-critical actions to strengthen surveillance, build case management capabilities, enhance laboratory services and increase infection prevention and control.
As part of these activities an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) vaccination campaign was launched on the 28 January in Yambio, following the allocation of over 2,160 doses of vaccine by GAVI Vaccine Alliance in December 2018.
The campaign aimed to vaccinate targeted healthcare and frontline workers operating in high risk states bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) against EVD. At least 82 people were vaccinated at Yambio State hospital. Similar vaccination campaigns will be launched in other EVD high risk areas including Morobo, Yei and Juba in Central Equatoria and Nimule in Eastern Equatoria.
The implementation of the preparedness plan continues across border areas considered to be at high risk of EVD. These include entry screening of travelers at selected points of entry, health facility and community-based EVD surveillance, and community engagement. Capacity for infection prevention and control, case management, and for safe and dignified burials are also being enhanced. Nineteen screening points are operational across the country. As of 31 January, more than 1,164,000 people entering South Sudan have been screened at the points.
EVD isolation units have been constructed in Yei, Yambio and Nimule. Organizations in Yei have also trained and deployed 40 community-based mobilizers in five communities in Yei County for house to house sensitization.
Construction of a temporary holding unit has been completed in Nimule, Eastern Equatoria. Twenty healthcare workers were trained on infection prevention and control, case management and water, sanitation and hygiene activities in Juba, and another 40 health workers were trained in Maridi. About 56 health facility workers were trained and given cell phones to help with reporting on surveillance.
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs