August 8, 2013 -- As Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) begins vaccinating children against pneumonia in a refugee camp in South Sudan, the international medical humanitarian organization warned today that the global vaccination community is neglecting to provide new vaccines to crisis-affected children.
While planning to immunize children against pneumococcal diseases in the Yida refugee camp, which is home to close to 100,000 Sudanese refugees, MSF faced multiple barriers to purchasing newer vaccines at an affordable price and struggled to navigate bureaucratic policies that exclude the needs of conflict-affected populations.
“Refugee children are incredibly vulnerable to developing vaccine-preventable diseases, so why do we keep hearing the players in the global vaccination community tell us these kids aren’t their problem,” asked Kate Elder, vaccines policy advisor at MSF’s Access Campaign. “We should be making every effort for refugee children to benefit from the newest vaccines, instead of letting them languish in the global community’s blind spot.”
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