South Sudan press releases
1 October 2013
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.
20 January 2012
Displaced people in Pibor at high risk of possible disease outbreaks
WHO joined the Ministry of Health and other health cluster partners in providing medical supplies and financial support for medical evacuations following the attacks in Pibor county which left over 60 000 people displaced. There are threats of possible vector borne, water borne and respiratory tract disease outbreaks, and malnutrition among the displaced population. WHO also deployed technical officers to assist in the coordination of the health emergency response, to participate in the management of patients and to provide technical support to health authorities and partners.
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
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
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
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
24 August 2011-South Sudan. 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.