The GOAL emergency response team in South Sudan reacted with commendable efficiency in recent weeks to combat a potentially disastrous outbreak of measles in Abyei and Twic. The outbreaks, which threatened to grip both regions, were controlled by a speedy and effective response from the GOAL team, in cooperation with local communities and partner NGOs.
During a six-day campaign in Abyei at the start of March, GOAL vaccinated some 17,000 children under the age of five. Shortly after this success, GOAL was alerted to a spike in cases in Twic County. Again, the team mobilised with great speed in order to secure the safety of the community. Within 10 days of the first case being identified, the team was ready to conduct an even larger vaccination campaign. Initial results have shown that GOAL has vaccinated almost 60,000 children under the age of five. Those results mean GOAL has reached 95% of its target population in the region.
While there is still a great deal of work to be carried out, GOAL has already played a significant role in controlling a situation that had threatened to spiral out of control.