A South Sudan Success Story

In late 2013, Médecins Sans Frontières successfully deployed a new WHO decision-making framework for assessing emergency humanitarian response.

The framework—which prioritizes need in critical situations involving displaced persons—was implemented in South Sudan when thousands of people sought refuge from military conflict. Using the WHO’s suggested processes, MSF swiftly orchestrated health care, clean water access and vaccine campaigns (prioritized into outbreak prevention and childhood morbidity prevention).

Although MSF wasn’t able to obtain Ministry of Health authorization to administer some priority vaccines, the framework helped avert preventable deaths among the displaced and, once adapted for field use, will be a notable tool in emergency situations.

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