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Good morning, this is Pip. A world-first vaccine drive completed in South Sudan this month brings hope that the fight against hepatitis E may one day be won. We spoke to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), who led the campaign, to find out more.

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Pip Cook


Fighting deadly hepatitis E

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Nakia, who lives in Bentiu internally displaced persons camp, is being vaccinated against hepatitis E in response to an outbreak, a world first. Unity State, South Sudan, April 2022. (Credit: Peter Canton/MSF)

For decades, health workers have been responding to outbreaks of hepatitis E in countries around the world, attempting to tackle the spread of the disease among displaced populations living in some of the most appalling conditions.

Unable to offer a cure, they have been left frustrated by the impact of the deadly disease on people who contract it, particularly pregnant women.  But a world-first vaccine campaign completed in South Sudan in October brings hope that the fight against hepatitis E may one day be won.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the South Sudanese government completed the vaccination drive, following a three-stage campaign launched in March in the country’s largest displacement camp.

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