Humanitarian Health Action

The cholera outbreak and health situation in South Sudan

WHO Representative Dr Abdi Aden Mohamed tours the new National Public Laboratory with President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the Minister of Health Dr. Riek Gai Kok.
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WHO Representative Dr Abdi Aden Mohamed tours the new National Public Laboratory with President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the Minister of Health Dr Riek Gai Kok.

19 July 2014 --There is a risk of cholera spreading further to new sites in areas of Upper Nile, Central Equatoria and Eastern Equatoria States as suspected cases continue to be reported. Since the start of the outbreak cholera have been confirmed in 14 locations and suspected cholera cases have been reported from 36 different locations in South Sudan. The risk is heightened by heavy rains and floods, coupled with limited access to potable water and poor sanitation and hygiene. Hepatitis E cases in Mingkaman remain a concern that needs urgent action. The continued influx of displaced persons into Bentiu is straining existing health services. Limited funding continues to impede the full implementation of the emergency response by health partners.

South Sudan humanitarian medical assistance

Health Cluster partners conducting a mass measles campaign in Lankien
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rtners conducting a mass measles campaign in Lankien

24 March 2014 -- Health Cluster partners has delivered 699 420 medical interventions to IDPs and host population, which is 36.7% of its target. In response to threats of diarrhoeal disease outbreaks, they have also stepped up health promotion efforts. The oral cholera vaccination campaign has reached 54 208 people in the second round in Tongping and Mingkaman IDP camps. In the Mingkaman IDP camp 33 244 people has received meningitis vaccination.

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