The recent escalation of the conflict in South Sudan has forced many people to flee, including those that were supporting the health response. Preventable and curable diseases, such as malaria and acute watery diarrhoea, are major causes of death among the growing number of internally displaced persons in the country. Many people do not have access to adequate shelter, which may increase rates of malaria and upper respiratory infections, while the ongoing rainy season is increasing the risk of water-borne diseases, such as cholera.
22 July 2016 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) and Health Cluster partners are responding to an outbreak of cholera on top of escalating violence in South Sudan, with 162 cases of the disease reported in Duk and Juba Counties as of 22 July. This is in a country already facing a long-standing crisis. Some 1.6 million people were already displaced and 4.7 million were in need of health services prior to the recent escalation of the conflict. WHO is appealing for greater financial support for the health response to this crisis.
From safe blood transfusions in South Sudan to hospital equipment for Yemen: Wide-ranging support from Japan
27 April 2016 -- In a country facing ongoing conflict, safe blood transfusions are a life-saving necessity. They are used to treat those suffering from gunshot wounds and conflict-related injuries, but also children suffering from anaemia due to malnutrition often worsened by malaria, survivors of road traffic accidents and mothers who experience excessive blood loss during childbirth are bleeding severely.