- UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief calls for peace, scaling up of aid in South Sudan
- WHO South Sudan Emergency Situation Report #42, 19 Nov 2014
- OCHA South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 62 (as of 14 Nov 2014)
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As at 20th November 2014, Kakuma had received 44,282 asylum seekers from South Sudan. This brings the total camp population to 179,126. As at 16th November 177,070 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 49% of the registered population.
Following the December 2013 outbreak of violence, 1.8 million people have fled their homes . Many have crossed into neighboring countries (estimated 463,000 people have fled to neighboring countries of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan individuals). 1.4 million individuals remain internally displaced and most are seeking shelter in remote rural areas across the country. Displacement patterns remain fluid, driven by violence, access to emergency assistance and floods. There are currently 102,265 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltering in UN bases across South Sudan.
An immunisation campaign targeting more than 3.2 million children in all 10 states has been successfully completed in seven states. Efforts are underway to immunise children in the three conflict-affected states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.
Clashes in Malakal, raise concerns as gunshot wounds and other weapon-related injuries are the leading cause of mortality, accounting for 23% of deaths in the Protection of Civilian (PoC) site.
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Following requests from several journalists, please find below my notes on the WHO preparedness missions to support countries get prepared to respond to any Ebola outbreak.
Given the evolving Ebola Virus situation, there is a risk of cases appearing in currently unaffected countries. With adequate levels of preparation however, such introductions can be contained before they develop into large outbreaks.
The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 193,922 individuals, comprising 191,359 individuals who entered through Gambella and 2,563 who entered through the Assosa region.
• Close to 37,000 Eritrean asylum seekers arrived in Europe between January and October 2014 via Sudan and Ethiopia, according to UNHCR.
• On average 1,000 refugees from South Sudan have been arriving in Sudan per week recently, UNHCR reports.
• SMoH and WHO report that 101 cases of hemorrhagic fever were registered in North Darfur and West Darfur since late August 2014.
• WFP to start a food voucher programme for an estimated 50,000 displaced people residing in Hamediya IDP camp, Central Darfur.
On 13 November, the Director-General of WHO accepted the recommendation of an International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee of Experts on polio that the international spread of polio continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) under the IHR, and extended the existing Temporary Recommendations to prevent the international spread of polio for countries affected by the disease for another 3 months.
The volunteers are being trained on how to mobilize the community and inform them on the importance of blood donation.
After the two-day training, the volunteers will be dispatched to communities to educate the people on blood donation with an aim of increasing donations from voluntary donors.
Dr. Awut Turuk Deng is the Medical Officer National Blood Transfusion Service in Juba.
The training was organized by the national Ministry of Health, the National Blood Bank and the South Sudan Red Cross, with support from the World Health Organisation.
The deteriorating situation in Malakal Protection of Civilian (PoC) site is of great concern with the provision of humanitarian assistance significantly disrupted. Over the past weeks, insecurity has increased, with humanitarian staff threatened and assaulted when delivering services in the PoC, greatly affecting the provision of WASH, education and child protection services in the site.
Snapshot 12–18 November
Ethiopia: Waters have begun to recede from Leitchuor refugee camp in Gambella, but few refugees have returned to the camps so far, where alarming rates of severe malnutrition persist: 5.7% in Leitchuor, 7.8% in Kule, and 10% in Tierkidi. In SNNPR, flooding was reported, while in Oromia, water trucking has begun for populations affected by drought.
Answering the humanitarian needs of hundreds of thousands displaced families is a life and death issue. Watch Steven Fricaud, Head of Tdh Humanitarian Crisis Sector, discuss the situation in South Sudan. At the end of 2013, violent clashes between Government and opposition forces broke out in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.
A total of 6.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Sudan. Since the beginning of 2014, fighting between Government security forces and armed movements have led to a cumulative estimate of over 430,000 people newly displaced in Darfur. Ongoing conflict in South Sudan has led to over 105,000 people crossing the border into Sudan.
The State Emergency Committee for White Nile State has officially authorized the establishment of border reception centers to provide urgent, life-saving assistance to new arrivals. Initial registration, medical screening, profiling of refugees, food for extremely vulnerable individuals and onward transportation are all envisaged within these spaces.
On 9 November, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) facilitated the recommitment to the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement of 23 January.
Escalating inter-communal tensions between the youth in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites in Malakal, Upper Nile State, continued to disrupt humanitarian operations.
13 November 2014 - To prevent an outbreak of polio among children living in the protection site at the UNMISS base in the Unity State capital Bentiu, health partners today started a three-day vaccination campaign.
Led by the Wold Health Organization (WHO) and the UN children’s organization UNICEF, the partners are immunizing children below the age of 16 years
According to WHO Consultant Simon Asare said the campaign is targeting 30,000 children living at protection site.