August 2, 2013 -- Sudanese children have begun receiving pneumococcal vaccine that will protect them from a leading cause of pneumonia, the biggest killer of children under five in low income countries.
Some 1.3 million infants in Sudan are being targeted in a nationwide pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13) vaccination programme, which commenced yesterday, 1 August 2013.
The vaccine will address three of the major killers among infants in Sudan - pneumonia, meningitis, as well septicemia. The Ministry of Health with support from GAVI Alliance, World Health Organization (WHO), and UNICEF, decided to introduce the vaccine into the routine expanded programme on immunisation after reviewing local surveillance data and WHO position papers recommending global use of the new vaccine. Sudan joined the Regional Surveillance Network for bacterial meningitis in 2007.
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