Humanitarian Health Action

South Sudan news releases

2014

  • 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.