Vaccinating Refugees in East Sudan's Um Rakuba camp


Vaccinating Refugees in East Sudan's Um Rakuba camp

Relief International’s teams in Sudan continue to support newly arriving refugees from Ethiopia’s Tigray Region. Our staff are working in newly built health clinics in Um Rakuba camp to deliver medical supplies and administer vaccines.

Relief International is continuing to respond to the influx of Ethiopian refugees into neighboring Sudan following the conflict in Tigray. Over 20,000 refugees were relocated to Um Rakuba camp in East Sudan, where RI is responding.

In late December, 329 Amharic-Ethiopian refugees were isolated from Tigrayan refugees in Um Rakuba camp due to ethnic tensions. Due to this isolation, heightened security measures, and access limitations to basic humanitarian assistance provided in the main camp, the Amharic population suffered from more vulnerabilities. In order to ensure inclusive service provision and outreach to this vulnerable community, Relief International deployed a mobile vaccination team to ensure health priorities in the community are met. Relief International’s vaccinator, Hameda, held a mini-awareness raising session for pregnant women and girls of reproductive age regarding the benefits of taking the Tetanus Toxoid (TT) vaccine. Afterwards, Hameda vaccinated 15 Amharic refugees, 3 of which were children under 18 months, 2 pregnant women and 10 girls between the ages of 15 and 25 years old.

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Beneficiaries in Um Rakuba Camp

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Following the national schedule for vaccinations, the team will continue to coordinate mobile vaccination clinics with the Amharic community leaders. Relief International’s work in the Amharic camp was appreciated by the community, health partners, state government officials and UN agencies working in Um Rakuba.

Additionally, Relief International will be joining the State Ministry of Health and other agencies in facilitating a mass Polio vaccination campaign in Um Rakuba from January 25th-28th. A team of community health workers will be deployed to raise awareness in Zone 1 extension and will be targeting all children under 5.