South Sudan Press Material

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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WHO in partnership with the Ministry of Health scaling up antiretroviral treatment (ART) in the Greater Upper Nile Region, South Sudan

13 February 2017

Clinicians carry out practical sessions on the WHO Clinical Staging of HIV-AIDS 09 February 2017, Juba, South Sudan – WHO in partnership with Ministry of Health are strengthening capacity to provide comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment services to populations of humanitarian concern in the Greater Upper Nile region, that is heavily affected by the current crisis. Health workers including medical doctors/ clinical officers, nurses, counselors, pharmacist and data clerk are equipped with the necessary skills and supplies on HIV treatment and prevention.

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WHO welcomes and orientates 16 members of the Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) 49 to South Sudan

13 February 2017

WHO welcomes and orientates 16 members of the Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) 49 to South Sudan 09 February 2017, Juba, South Sudan – In South Sudan, polio eradication continues to be a national priority with renewed commitment at all levels to sustain the interruption of the wild polio virus within the country.

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WHO partners with South Sudan’s Government to strengthen disease surveillance and outbreak response to save lives

03 February 2017

Group discussion on the 2017 key planned activities 03 February 2017, Juba, South Sudan – The deteriorating security situation in South Sudan, along with disruption of health services, increased population displacement, overcrowding and poor environmental conditions, led to more frequent disease outbreaks.

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WHO strengthening the capacity of laboratory personnel to intensify cholera and meningitis surveillance in South Sudan

20 January 2017

01 Dr Otim Patrick Cossy, making a presentation on identifying and reporting priority diseases 20 January 2017, Juba, South Sudan – Public health laboratories are a critical component of communicable disease detection, prevention, and control. However, access to reliable laboratory testing remains limited in in sub-Saharan African countries including South Sudan.

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