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More than 1 million polio vaccines destroyed in Sudan: UNICEF

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), more than 1 million polio vaccines intended for children have been destroyed as a result of stealing in Sudan since April.

“A number of cold chain facilities have been looted, damaged, and destroyed, including over a million polio vaccines in South Darfur,” said Hazel De Wet, deputy director of UNICEF’s Office of Emergency Programmes, in an email to Reuters.

Following an outbreak towards the end of 2022, the organization was in the midst of a series of polio immunization operations in Sudan.

Polio, a disease that primarily affects children under the age of five, can result in paralysis and death. Although Africa was proclaimed polio-free in 2020, Malawi, Mozambique, and Sudan have reported imported cases since last year.

According to a World Health Organization database, 28 attacks on healthcare facilities have occurred in Sudan since the battle began last month, pitting Sudan’s army against the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces.

Several humanitarian organizations, notably the World Food Programme, have reported looting during the Sudan crisis, claiming to have lost $13-$14 million in supplies.

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