April 2017

  • Reflections on an Oral Cholera Vaccine Campaign in War-Torn South Sudan

    Ella Glass, RN

    Health Manager - Emergency Response Team, South Sudan | Medair
    A child receives oral cholera vaccine in South Sudan. Photo: Ella Glass, Courtesy of Medair (2017)

    A child receives oral cholera vaccine in South Sudan. Photo: Ella Glass, Courtesy of Medair (2017)

    Ella Glass reflects on her experience conducting a mass cholera vaccination campaign alongside a World Food Programme headcount in a difficult-to-access area in South Sudan.

    At dawn on the headcount day, as the teams crossed the vast field carrying supplies for the day ahead, the sun was just rising on the horizon. It was a beautiful large orange glowing ball, casting out a soft golden glow as far as my eye could see. Women we had hired to carry items were walking in front of me, effortlessly balancing 20kg boxes of vaccines and tables on their heads as they walked barefoot across the dusty, scorched earth. Looking up from the ground, in front of us were thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children, having camped out overnight to be earlier in the queues. It was really quite astonishing. The overwhelming incredible needs of this population were staring me right in the face and I could feel a small lump at the back of my throat.