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Key results

UNICEF is providing material, technical and financial support to government and non-governmental health programmes across Sudan, in an effort to tackle the underlying causes of child and maternal mortality.

Of particular note was the launch of the Sudan Accelerated Child Survival Initiative (ACSI) in the northern states of Sudan, which reached nearly 5 million children with a range of health interventions at the community level - including measles immunization, provision of de-worming tablets and distribution of bed nets to reduce the risk of malaria.

Across Sudan, UNICEF supported the vaccination of 1 million children against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough). Nearly 9 million children were immunized against polio through national vaccination campaigns, while just over 3 million children were immunized against measles.

Through the provision of more than 2,600 primary health care kits containing essential materials and drugs, UNICEF was able to support the delivery of basic health care services to an estimated 3 million people across Sudan. Nearly 2.5 million long lasting insecticide-treated bed nets were provided in support of efforts to tackle malaria.

In response to outbreaks of hepatitis E in the north of Sudan, UNICEF provided 95,000 doses of vaccine, as well as supporting the vaccination of 41,000 people against meningitis. UNICEF also provided 235,000 doses of yellow fever vaccine as part of prevention efforts.

Through the Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination (MNTE) programme, more than 1 million women throughout Sudan received at least one dose of tetanus toxoid vaccine. At the same time, ante-natal care was strengthened through the training of 898 midwives on emergency obstetric and newborn care, while 164,000 pregnant women received UNICEF-supported antenatal care.

As part of efforts to strengthen national capacity in the health sector, UNICEF supported a wide range of training activities that included training of teachers on hygiene promotion, and the training of local health workers on management of childhood illnesses, malaria prevention, obstetric care and other health initiatives.

 

 
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