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The WHO Representative’s Office in South Sudan supports the Government and health authorities at central and local level in strengthening health services, addressing public health issues and supporting and promoting research for health. 
 
As the lead health agency, WHO works with many partners to support countries in reaching their national health development goals and to ensure that its efforts are coordinated. Across the Region, these include United Nations agencies, humanitarian and development partners, donors, nongovernmental organizations, WHO collaborating centres and the private sector. more about WHO's presence in South Sudan

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South Sudan National Malaria Strategic Plan, 2014 – 2021, launched

The Ministry of Health with support of the World Health Organization has launched the first National Malaria Strategic Plan, 2014 to 2021, at a well organized ceremony at the Independence Hall in Juba, South Sudan. The WHO Country Representative, Dr Abdi Aden Mohammed, who represented all UN agencies, pledged that health partners will continue supporting the MoH of South Sudan to reduce the burden of malaria. He said that malaria remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the new nation, with the majority of the affected being children and pregnant mothers.

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The Ministry of Health to declare Cholera Outbreak in Juba, South Sudan

The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Health Organization has declared an outbreak of cholera in Juba, South Sudan. This declaration follows reports of 18 suspected cholera cases including one death and one laboratory confirmed case on 6th May 2014 of an IDP who got sick in Gudele and was brought to UN House IDP camp following tests conducted by the AMREF laboratory in Nairobi.

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South Sudan commemorates World Malaria Day 2014

On 25 April 2014, South Sudan joined millions of people around the world to observe World Malaria day under the global theme, ’Invest in the future: Defeat Malaria,’ and locally under the theme, ‘Together we can defeat Malaria’. 

The Minister of Health, Dr Riek Gai Kok, held a press conference with the media and key stakeholders to mark the event. The WHO Representative, Dr Abdi Mohammed attended the press conference. At the press conference were also other high level government representatives including the Under Secretary for the Ministry of Health, State Ministers of Health for Northern Bahr el Ghazel and Central Equatoria as well as the Mayor of Juba City. 

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Ministry of Health launches a nation-wide Integrated Immunization Campaign for Measles, Polio and Vitamin A Supplementation in South Sudan

Juba, South Sudan, 23 April 2014 -- More than 2.4 million children will be vaccinated in a nation-wide measles, polio and Vitamin A campaign, launched today by the Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. The integrated Immunization Campaign for Measles, Polio and Vitamin A supplementation in South Sudan aims to reduce the incidence of measles to less than five cases per million and to boost the population’s immunity against Polio. South Sudan has been polio free since June 2009 – almost five years.

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South Sudan Launches integrated child health campaign to vaccinate 2.4 million children

South Sudan commenced implementation of integrated Measles, Polio vaccination and vitamin-A supplementation campaign on 23 April 2014 targeting 2.4 million children below five years. The campaign will be implemented in seven of the country’s ten states to administer measles vaccines and vitamin A capsule to children aged 6-59 months and Oral Polio vaccine to children aged 0-59 months. 

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South Sudan commemorates World Malaria Day 2014

On 25 April 2014, South Sudan joined millions of people around the world to observe World Malaria day under the global theme, ’Invest in the future: Defeat Malaria,’ and locally under the theme, ‘Together we can defeat Malaria’.  The Minister of Health, Dr Riek Gai Kok, held a press conference with the media and key stakeholders to mark the event. The WHO Representative, Dr Abdi Mohammed attended the press conference. At the press conference were also other high level government representatives including the Under Secretary for the Ministry of Health, State Ministers of Health for Northern Bahr el Ghazel and Central Equatoria as well as the Mayor of Juba City. 

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World Health Organization supports Ministry of Health, Republic of South Sudan to develop National Malaria Strategic Plan, 2014 - 2020

01 The Vice-President of the Republic of South SudanA four day workshop to develop the South Sudan National Malaria Strategic Plan for the period 2014-2020 has opened in the Country’s State capital, Juba. The development of the strategic plan is a multi-sectoral activity that requires the participation of all partners with vested interests in malaria control in South Sudan. On its part, the World Health Organization (WHO) is providing Technical Assistance in the development of the Malaria strategy and facilitating the consultative process towards an all inclusive National Malaria Strategic Plan. The National malaria strategic development process is co-financed by WHO and a Global fund malaria grant.

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140 000 people to get cholera vaccine in South Sudan

A team at the government Central Medical Store offloading cholera vaccines that arrived the country for the Oral Cholera  Vaccination campaign.WHO is working with the South Sudan Government and partners to provide vaccines to protect nearly 140 000 people living in temporary camps in South Sudan against cholera.The vaccines come from an emergency stockpile managed by WHO, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and UNICEF. It is the first time the stockpile, created in 2013 by WHO, is being activated.

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WHO vaccinates thousands of children in Bor, Jonglei State – South Sudan

Measles vaccines3 February 2014, Juba -- The World Health Organization (WHO) conducted emergency vaccination in camps in Bor, capital of Jonglei State in South Sudan following reports of death of children due to suspected measles cases, and the inaccessibility of the area in the past 3 weeks.
WHO deployed a technical team to Bor Protection of Civilians (IDP) camp resulting in vaccination of 2,559 children against measles, 2,817 against polio and 1,935 being given Vitamin A supplementation.

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Internally displaced people in South Sudan are at great risk of disease outbreaks

Poor water, hygiene and sanitation conditions in internally displaced persons camps, a looming risk of disease outbreaks31 December 2013 | Juba - The humanitarian situation in South Sudan has further deteriorated in the past 2 weeks. Since the outbreak of violence in South Sudan on 15 December 2013, the humanitarian needs have quickly been growing with a total of 195 416 persons have been displaced from the 4 states of South Sudan, namely; Central Equatoria, Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile, and 75 171 of them taking shelter in the UN peace keeping bases in Juba, Bor, Malakal, Bentiu, while an estimated 58 000 others are displaced in Aweriel County Lakes state.
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Key health-related statistics
Total population (000s)8260

Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births)2054.0

Total life expectancy at birth (years)42.0