Humanitarian Health Action

South Sudan news releases and feature stories

2016

  • November 2016

    South Sudan: WHO and partners immunized over 155 000 migrant children through special vaccination post

    In response to the poliomyelitis outbreak associated with type 2 circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2) and ambiguous vaccine derived polio virus (aVDPVs) identified in Unity state, the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with Ministry of Health and partners immunized over 155 000 migrant children under the age of 15 through special vaccination posts. Type 2 circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2) and ambiguous vaccine derived polio virus (aVDPVs) was being detected in September 2014 and April 2015 respectively.

  • November 2016

    South Sudan: WHO delivers lifesaving medicines and supplies to displaced people in Yei River State

    The World Health Organization (WHO) delivered lifesaving supplies to assist thousands of women and children in Yei River State, one of South Sudan’s states most affected by conflict. The lifesaving health supplies will benefit more than 30 000 people living in areas affected by conflict in parts of Logo and Kirkwa in Yei River State for the next three months. The supplies include 20 basic unit kits, 10 basic antimalarial kits, five supplementary antimalarial kits, one Diarrhea Disease kit and one Interagency Health Kit.

  • 18 November 2016

    WHO and partners have reached an estimated 1.1 million South Sudanese children with oral polio vaccines

    Juba, South Sudan – Despite the ongoing violence sweeping much of the country, the third round of the National Immunization Days of 2016 campaign is being implemented across South Sudan to ensure the continuation of immunization activities targeting more than 3.5 million children aged 0 – 59 months. The four-day campaign from 15 to 18 November 2016 was organized and led by the Ministry of Health with support from WHO and UNICEF using both house to house and facility-based services to reach all eligible children no matter where they live. The campaign continues beyond the planned four days, due to challenges in assessing children in conflict affected states.

  • November 2016

    WHO strengthens South Sudan’s disease detection and response

    When a country has an outbreak of an infectious disease such as measles or cholera, a good system that can detect it early is essential to help prevent further spread, and save lives and resources. WHO is working with the Ministry of Health and partners to develop local skills and knowledge, including training more than 1300 health workers in such areas as disease detection, outbreak investigation and response.

  • 24 October 2016

    On World Polio Day, WHO and the Ministry of Health immunized children in Nyakuron Cultural Center, Juba

    To mark the World Polio Day, which also coincided with United Nations day, the WHO Country Office in South Sudan and the Ministry of Health organized a one day campaign to immunize children against the vaccine preventable disease. Polio eradication in South Sudan is a national emergency and has been a priority for WHO and partners.

  • 9 September 2016

    WHO and partners battle multiple disease outbreaks in South Sudan

    Infectious diseases continue to pose a major public health threat in South Sudan. Adding to the chronic burden of disease, regular outbreaks further threaten people's health. In a conflict setting, WHO and partners are responding to multiple outbreaks including cholera, malaria, measles, suspected hemorrhagic fever, and kala-azar.

  • 24 October 2016

    WHO conducts integrated health services and blood donation campaign at UN Day celebration

    As part of the commemorations to mark the 71st anniversary of the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) in South Sudan joined the UN family to provide an integrated health services to the community and organize blood donation campaign in Nyakuron Cultural Center, Juba on 24 October 2016.

  • 29 August 2016

    South Sudan health crisis worsens as more partners pull out and number of displaced rises

    Juba - Two unidentified gunmen killed Mr Benty Rubben Mangbondo, a World Health Organization (WHO) health worker, in Yambio, South Sudan on 17 August. The attack took place on Wednesday, 17 August 2016, at around 21:00, at Mr Mangbondo’s home in Tindoka residential area, Yambio. The motive behind the incident is unknown but police confirmed they are investigating the case.

  • August 2016

    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.

  • 25 July 2016

    WHO and Ministry of Health expand cholera response to minimize future risk

    In a move to prevent a cholera outbreak from spreading, the Ministry of Health of South Sudan with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and health partners are ramping up disease surveillance and treatment efforts. Across the country, 271 cholera cases have been reported, including 14 deaths since 12 July 2016.

  • 14 July 2016

    World Health Organization steps up response to rising health needs of internally displaced persons in Juba City, South Sudan

    In response to the growing humanitarian crisis that has caused deaths, high numbers of civilian injuries in Juba City and the displacement of thousands of residents fleeing from the conflict, WHO has donated to Juba Teaching Hospital accident and emergency unit trauma kits sufficient to conduct 500 surgeries and various intravenous infusions to save the lives of the increasing number of injured patients. In addition, WHO has provided 100 body bags and personal protective equipment (PPE) for dead body management.

  • 8 July 2016

    WHO and Health Cluster Partners steps up response to the critical health needs in Juba in response to armed conflict that eruped on the 8th July 2016

    WHO delivers medical supplies to Juba Teaching Hospital and Juba Protection of Civilian (POC) in response to armed clashes that erupted between South Sudan rival forces loyal to President Salva Kirr and those loyal to the first Vice president, Riek Machar in Juba yesterday. WHO is leading the response to provide emergency health access to victims of the clashes. Health cluster partners have been coordinated, mobilized and provided support with critical pharmaceuticals to sustain the response in the Juba PoC, Juba Teaching Hospital.

  • 16 June 2016

    WHO: Health challenges and needs in South Sudan

    Dr Abdulmumini Usman, WHO Representative in South Sudan, explains the current situation and health needs of South Sudan, and what WHO and partners are doing to help.

  • 6 June 2016

    New Kit for the treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition launched by WHO in South Sudan

    WHO launched the first ever drug module kit for the management of Severe Acute Malnutrition and Medical Complications in children. South Sudan is the first country in the world to introduce the use of the kit. The kit constitutes the most essential and basic medicine for the treatment of children with severe acute malnutrition and medical conditions. The kits comprise four basic modules of routine, basic, supplementary and malaria drugs.

  • 27 April 2016

    From safe blood transfusions in South Sudan to hospital equipment for Yemen: Wide-ranging support from Japan

    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.

  • 8 April 2016

    WHO says address protracted emergencies to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

    12 April 2016 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is committed to the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals and their objective to leave no one behind by 2030. However, WHO operates in many countries impacted by protracted emergencies –usually due to conflict – and it is these countries that face the highest hurdles in achieving the Goals.

  • 20 January 2016

    Disease early warning, alert and response in emergencies

    Humanitarian emergencies increase the risk of transmitting disease. Disease outbreaks, such as malaria, measles and cholera, are often a major cause of illnesses and death during crises.

  • 20 January 2016

    Disease early warning, alert and response in emergencies

    January 2016 -- This photo essay illustrates how the first “EWARS in a box” was set-up in Mingkaman, an internally displaced persons (IDPs) settlement, in South Sudan. The global Early Warning and Response System (EWARS) project is a WHO initiative to catch disease outbreaks early on to be able to contain them in emergencies. It supports Ministries of Health and health partners by providing technical support, training and field-based tools

2015

  • 19 August 2015

    WHO providing emergency life-saving health services to internally displaced persons in South Sudan

    The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are racing to cope with the health needs of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northeastern South Sudan where fighting continues and the humanitarian situation remains dire. More than 10 000 people have arrived to the Malakal protection-of-civilians (PoC) site since 1 August 2015 stemming from a month-long aid blockade to the region. The influx brings the total number of asylum seekers in the PoC to 46 567, with families crammed together with little or no access to safe water or sanitation.

  • 11 August 2015

    WHO providing emergency life-saving health services to internally displaced persons in South Sudan

    The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are battling South Sudan’s on-going cholera outbreak, providing thousands of people with life-saving treatment that is helping bring down the number of cases. Cholera cases have been declining since 20 July 2015 but continue to be a great threat to young children and other vulnerable groups in South Sudan. As of 10 August 2015, a total of 1519 cholera cases have been reported since June with children under…

  • 6 July 2015

    Ministry of Health, WHO and partners score some victories in responding to cholera outbreak in South Sudan

    6 July 2015, Juba: Mary Wani frantically waves a paper from the hospital bed where she sits, eager to share the exciting news of her recovery and subsequent discharge from the ward with anyone who will listen to her. “I am going home,” she says , adding that she feels very strong. The 58-year-old mother of nine has just been discharged from Juba Teaching Hospital, where she was receiving treatment for cholera. The hospital was the first Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC) to be designated in the current outbreak.

  • February 2015

    Health partners appeal for funds to meet South Sudan’s priority needs in 2015

    When Margaret Dudu, a 30-year old mother of two, visited her mother in Gumbo on the outskirts of Juba, she intended to stay for a few days then return home and resume her life.

2014

  • 11 December 2014

    WHO Pledges Continued Support to Strengthen South Sudan’s Health System

    Juba, South Sudan, 11 December 2014 - In continued efforts to strengthen the health service delivery system in South Sudan, WHO supported the Ministry of Health to host a National Health Policy Consensus workshop.

  • 3 December 2014

    Guinea Worm Disease Cash Reward and community directed treatment of Onchocerciasis

    Wulu County, Lakes State, South Sudan, 3 December 2014 - The Ministry of Health (MOH), with support from WHO and partners on 3 December, launched the Cash Reward programme for the reporting of Guinea Worm Disease, and the implementation of community directed treatment with ivermectin (CDTI) for Onchocerciasis (river blindness) control in Wulu County, Lakes State.

  • 24 October 2014

    WHO South Sudan in Action

    WHO joined other UN agencies to provide integrated health services to the community in Kapuri, Juba, Central Equatoria State. Although UN day falls on 24 October, WHO employees, alongside the rest of the UN family, contributed their time and expertise on Saturday 25 October to “serve the community we work in.”

  • 11 October 2014

  • September 2014

    WHO responds to health crises facing war-wracked South Sudan

    South Sudan is being wracked by severe humanitarian health emergencies. WHO has been filling health gaps throughout the country, providing services to more than 2 million people.

  • 6 May 2014

    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.

  • 23 April 2014

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

    23 April 2014 Juba, South Sudan – 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.

  • 22 February 2014

    140 000 people to get cholera vaccine in South Sudan

    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.

  • 3 February 2014

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

    Juba, South Sudan - 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 three weeks.

2013

  • 31 December 2013

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

    The humanitarian situation in South Sudan has further deteriorated in the past 2 weeks and the humanitarian needs have quickly been growing with a total of 195 416 persons have been displaced from the four states of South Sudan (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.

  • 31 December 2013

    Communicable diseases are one of the main risks in South Sudan

    The humanitarian situation in South Sudan has deteriorated since the outbreak of violence on 15 December 2013. Total of 195 416 persons has been displaced to camps from Bor, Bentiu and Malakal in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states. Poor water, hygiene and sanitation conditions in the camps for the internally displaced people increases risk of communicable diseases.

  • 1 October 2013

    Measles outbreak in Malakal County

    The Ministry of Health, Republic of South Sudan in collaboration with the World Health Organization announce the outbreak of measles in Malakal County, Upper Nile state. This announcement follows reports of 44 suspected cases of measles reported from Malakal Teaching hospital pediatric ward since August 2013 in which 10 of the 15 samples collected from patients tested positive for the measles (IgM). Those affected are aged between 6 – 18 month of age and continue receiving treatment at Malakal Teaching Hospital.

2012

  • 31 December 2013

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

    The humanitarian situation in South Sudan has further deteriorated in the past 2 weeks and the humanitarian needs have quickly been growing with a total of 195 416 persons have been displaced from the four states of South Sudan (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.

2011

  • 15 December 2011

    WHO South Sudan continues supporting the Ministry of Health Republic of South Sudan in the fight to completly eradicate polio

    The Head of the World Health Organization in South Sudan Dr. Abdi Aden Mohamed has assured the government of South Sudan of the organizations commitment to eradicate polio from the country.

  • 15 December 2011

    WHO South Sudan Office collaborates with partners to convene a meeting of Guniea Worm disease

    As the world awaits for the moment South Sudan is declared Guinea Worm free, the WHO South Sudan Office in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Republic of South Sudan, the Carter centre and UNICEF convened 6 Annual review meeting for South Sudan Guinea Worm Eradication Program from 8 to 9 December 2011

  • 6 December 2011

    WHO Office of South Sudan lauches construction of a maternity wing at Bar hospital

    World Health Organization in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Republic of South Sudan with funds from CIDA launched the construction of the maternity block at Bor hospital.

  • 28 October 2011

    Thousands of South Sudan people suffer from kala azar epidemic as cases rise

    28 October 2011 ¦ Juba, South Sudan – Kala azar epidemic continues to threaten thousands of lives of people in the new Republic of South Sudan as cases continue to rise. Visceral Leishmaniasis also popularly known as kala-azar is endemic in four states of the Republic of South Sudan, namely the Upper Nile, Jonglei, Unity and Eastern Equatoria States. Thousands of people continue returning from north Sudan and settling in endemic areas, this coupled with the insecurity in the affected states restricts patients’ movement to access health facilities and treatment. With the return and insecurity, the risk of over 2 million people contracting kala azar continues to worry many humanitarian actors focusing their response efforts on the epidemic.

  • 13 October 2011

    How availability of transport and communication has improved disease surveillance

    13 October 2011 ¦ Northern Bahr el Ghazal state--David Deng, is a State Surveillance Officer for Northern Bahr el Ghazal (NBEG) a position he has held since 2010. As Surveillance Officer his major role is to investigate and confirm rumors of any disease outbreaks before anyone else gets the information. After which he informs other technical people in the state, composed mainly of the epidemiologists and other medical officers. This team then confirms or dispelles the rumors. David says that if the team confirms the alert, the community is quickly informed and response actions start immediately.

  • 4 November 2011

    The role of surveillance officers in the investigation of the Nodding Syndrome

    13 October 2011 ¦ Western Equatorial State, Southern Sudan--Jackson Hassen is a 39 year old man who hails and lives in Yambio county in Western Equatorial state (WES) of Southern Sudan. He works as the State Surveillance Officer for WES a job he has held since December 2006. He describes how the involvement of surveillance officers made the investigation for Nodding Syndrome a success at all levels and the community.

  • 10 June 2011

    World Health Organization joins other partners to support Nodding Disease investigations in Southern Sudan

    The World Health Organization in collaboration with GoSS-MoH, CDC Atlanta and UNICEF has supported an investigation of the Nodding Syndrome (NS) in Witto and Maridi counties in Western Equatoria Statem Southern Sudan in order to describe NS and to confirm its risk factors.

  • 24 August 2011

    WHO supports victims of tribal violence

    The World Health Organization in collaboration with UNMIS and UNOCHA has supported the evacuation of over 31 patients to Juba Teaching hospital and Juba Military barracks hopital.The causalities are a result of an intertribal conflict in Jonglei state and an armed encounter between the Sudan People's LiberationArmy (SPLA) and a rebel group in the Upper Nile state in South Sudan which left hundreds dead, hundreds of others seriously wounded and thousands displaced.

2010

  • 8 October 2010

    Upsurge of kala-azar cases in Southern Sudan requires rapid response

    Juba, Sudan -- Recurrent outbreaks of visceral leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease also known as kala-azar, have been reported in Southern Sudan, with 6363 cases and 303 deaths (case fatality rate of 4.7%) recorded since outbreaks began in September 2009.

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