A children's clinic in Kalma camp for the displaced in South Darfur - Credit EU/ECHO/Daniel Dickinson
28/11/2012 - An outbreak of yellow fever in the Sudanese region of Darfur has alerted the international health community. So far 459 suspected cases have been reported with 116 deaths. Sudan, with World Health Organization (WHO) support, has launched a massive vaccination campaign to immunize 2.4 million people.
Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response said: "I wish to express my solidarity with the people of Darfur, and of Sudan more generally, as well as with all agencies and humanitarian partners who are working tirelessly to fight this outbreak.
To ensure that all people at risk are vaccinated, it is essential that all affected areas are covered by the campaign, including those which have been inaccessible to humanitarian agencies in the past.
The European Commission is in contact with the Sudanese authorities, the World Health Organisation and humanitarian partners working in the health sector in Sudan and is contributing to the effort to provide vaccinations to all those at risk."
The European Commission has humanitarian experts on the ground who follow the situation closely. The yellow fever outbreak already affects four states in Sudan: Central, South, West and North Darfur.
The European Commission has been supporting life-saving activities in the region of Sudan and South Sudan since the mid-1990s. In 2012 the European Commission provided € 127 million in humanitarian aid so far.
The humanitarian aid includes assistance for internally displaced people, returnees and refugees, providing basic healthcare, clean water, sanitation and food assistance.