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Refugees in South Sudan to receive pneumococcal vaccine after delays over price

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5042 (Published 09 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5042
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Residents of crowded refugee camps are particularly susceptible to vaccine preventable diseases but they have largely been neglected in the roll out of new vaccines, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said.

As it begins a pneumococcal vaccination campaign for children living in Yida, the largest refugee camp in South Sudan, the international medical charity is calling for the discounted prices negotiated by the Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunisations (GAVI) to be available to all humanitarian organisations working in crisis situations.

Kate Elder, vaccines policy adviser at Médecins Sans Frontières, said, “Refugee children are incredibly vulnerable to developing vaccine preventable diseases, so why …

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