South Sudan Press Material

Statement by WHO Representative at the 3rd National Health Summit of South Sudan

29 March 2017

I must congratulate the Honorable Minister and all the partners for having the courage to convene this important Health Summit. At the onset I must say what the Summit is and what it is not: It is not a one-off event, but rather the launching of a process to address the myriad of problems facing South Sudan's health sector today. Secondly, it is not a workshop, but a forum for honest discussions to find solutions. I therefore urge all participants…

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WHO joins partners at South Sudan’s National Health Summit to build a resilient health system and attain greater access to health services

27 March 2017

Juba, 27 March 2017— The third National Health Summit for South Sudan opened today with some 500 participants coming together to consider the challenges and opportunities of delivering health in South Sudan, and to establish a clear vision for health in the years ahead.  Organized by the Republic of South Sudan’s Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) is a key organizing partner. The five day event’s theme is “Harnessing Strong Partnerships for a Resilient Health System towards attainment of…

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Japan and WHO donate essential equipment to South Sudan’s National Blood Transfusion Services and announces plan for Public Health Emergency Operations Centre

06 March 2017

06 March 2017, Juba, South Sudan – The Government of Japan and the World Health Organization (WHO) delivered three all-terrain vehicles for the three regional Blood Transfusion Centres in Juba, Wau and Malakal, at the end of their USD 2 million project for boosting blood donation.  The three vehicles are a shot in the arm for the Regional Blood Transfusion Centres to collect more contributions through mobile blood donation drives. This will improve access to the much needed lifesaving blood…

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Amid multiple health challenges and famine, WHO and partners strive to immunize over 3 million children against polio

03 March 2017

Dr Bimpa Lupanzula, gives an anti-polio drop to a child during the campaign launch at Jebel Dinka 03 March 2017, Juba, South Sudan – Despite multiple humanitarian crises, including famine, the first round of the National Immunization Days of 2017 is underway throughout South Sudan aiming to reach over three million children under 5 with two drops of polio vaccine.

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WHO secures oral cholera vaccines to slow down the spread of cholera in hard to reach areas of South Sudan

24 February 2017

The oral cholera vaccines being ready to be dispatched to Leer Town 23 February 2017, Juba, South Sudan – In an effort to rapidly contain the resurgence of cholera in South Sudan, WHO has secured oral cholera vaccine to vaccinate the communities in Leer Town and other areas. The 20 February integrated food security phase classification (IPC) identified Leer and Mayendit. With Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rates that exceed 30% in the two locations. Co-morbidity with cholera will result in rapid spread and high fatality rates.   

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WHO and ECHO delivered essential medicines and supplies to the communities affected by the cholera outbreak in South Sudan

24 February 2017

Essential medicines and supplies allocated to Jonglei being loaded onto a cargo plane February 2017, Juba, South Sudan – The world Health Organization (WHO) with support from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) have delivered essential medicines and supplies to the communities affected by the cholera outbreak in the Islands of Jonglei and Greater Lakes.

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Amidst insecurity, WHO in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and partners intensifies the health response to the cholera outbreak in South Sudan

14 February 2017

WHO delivering cholera kits to Agorbar PHCC run by Sudan Medical Care, Bor. 14 February 2017, Juba, South Sudan - Despite the ongoing complex humanitarian crises in South Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the Ministry of Health and partners are responding to the latest cholera outbreak in the former Jonglei and Lakes States. The outbreak of cholera was first detected in June 2016 and since then 5 006 cholera cases and 99 deaths (CFR 1.98%) have been reported from 12 Counties in nine states countrywide.

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WHO health worker killed in an attack in Torit County, former Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan

13 February 2017

Mr Louise Mokiri Avito during the meningitis outbreak response in 2008 in one of the villages in Torit County 10 February 2017, Juba, South Sudan – It is with sadness that WHO received the shocking news of one more of its employees Mr Louise Mokiri Avito, in Torit, former Eastern Equatoria State. This brings to three the number of WHO employees killed in less than one year as a result of the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

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