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Vaccination campaign in Kenya refugee camps

Monday, Aug 01, 2011 - 01:45

Aug 1 - Aid agencies vaccinate against polio and measles in Kenya's Dadaab area where hundreds of thousands of refugees have settled after fleeing devastating drought and warfare in Somalia. Nick Rowlands reports.

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Children at a refugee camp in northeastern Kenya being vaccinated against polio and measles. The United Nations declared a famine in two parts of southern Somalia in July and refugees are pouring across the border seeking help. A Medicins Sans Frontieres field coordinator says it plans to vaccinate thousands of children in the Dadaab refugee camp and surrounding satellite camps. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MEDICINS SANS FRONTIERS (MSF) FIELD COORDINATOR, ALEXZANDRE IZART: "Today is the first day of five days of vaccination for measles and polio and our target on this camp in Ifo is 2500 kids. We consider the population of Ifo three will be at the end of the week like 10,000 refugees so like 20 percent of them will be under five." More than 8,000 people entered Kenya from Somalia in July alone, fleeing severe drought and intensified fighting between Islamist insurgents and government forces. In such conditions, the health of the children is at severe risk. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MEDICINS SANS FRONTIERS (MSF) FIELD COORDINATOR, ALEXZANDRE IZART: "There are some cases of measles in the camp and most part of them are under five years old. It's not an outbreak but actually we need to do and act so the government ask us to act and we are supporting in partnership with Kenyan government to realise this vaccination." According to the World Health Organisation, child health in Somalia is amongst the worst in the world, with around one in 11 babies dying before their first birthday. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

Vaccination campaign in Kenya refugee camps

Monday, Aug 01, 2011 - 01:45

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