South Sudan: Cholera Outbreak - Jul 2016Ongoing
As of 5 May 2017, cholera outbreaks have been confirmed in 19 counties in South Sudan. The most affected counties are located along the River Nile. This suggests vehicle-borne transmission from contaminated water in affected counties.
Cumulatively, 7,735 cholera cases, including 246 deaths (76 facilities and 170 community) (CFR 3.23%), have been reported in South Sudan since the initial case was reported on 18 June 2016. Nine out of 19 counties ever affected since June 2016 are considered to have active transmission, having reported cholera cases in the past four weeks. (WHO, Govt. South Sudan, 5 May 2017)
More than 48,000 people receive food in Yei town.The last distribution of food was in November 2016.
Fall armyworm outbreak affects farms and likely to exacerbate South Sudan’s food crisis.
In the last 13 months, South Sudan has experienced the deadliest cholera outbreak since its independence.
South Sudan Humanitarian Fund allocates $28m to 90 priority projects to provide humanitarian assistance.
Over 9,600 IDPs and host communities receive assistance in Pading, Jonglei.
Reporting period: 1 – 30 June 2017
The cholera cases have reached unprecedented levels in South Sudan. Currently there are with active transmission in 11 Counties. Both health partners and core pipeline are overstretched requiring different approaches to ensure continuity of the response.
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
2017 SESSION, 49TH & 50TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)
The Economic and Social Council adopted seven resolutions and one decision on issues ranging from Haiti’s long-term development, to the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation, and support for Non-Self-Governing Territories, as it launched the third round of its 2017 Coordination and Management Meetings today.
Coordination of cholera response
Overall coordination of the cholera response at the national level is coordinated by the National cholera taskforce that meets weekly on Wednesdays from 2pm in the WHO conference hall in Juba. In addition, the cholera coordination meeting in Juba Teaching hospital convenes on Monday starting 11am and Friday starting 9am in the Postgraduate School.
Completeness for IDSR reporting at county level was 74% . Completeness for EWARS reporting from IDP sites was 79% .
A total of 26 alerts were reported, of which 8% have been verified. 0 alerts were risk assessed and 0 required a response.
A total of 219 new cholera cases and 0 deaths (CFR 0.0% ) were reported.
The cumulative total since the start of the current outbreak on 18 June 2016 is 17,617 cases and 320 deaths (CFR 1.8% )*.
IOM rehabilitates congested areas of the Wau PoC site
IOM responds to the cholera outbreak across country
Insecurity in Bentiu PoC site temporarily affects service delivery
Escalated conflict and security restrictions have significantly affected UNICEF’s ability to reach many areas with critical assistance in 2017. In response, the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) was scaled up at the beginning of the year in an effort to reach the most vulnerable populations in hard to reach locations. Since January, 27 RRM missions have taken place reaching 498,461 people with live-saving support.
“He’s waking up.” Rebekka, one of our nurses, beams at me, as she removes her cap and fans herself with it.
We’re standing in our Cholera Treatment Centre, in the middle of a camp for displaced people in Mingkamen, South Sudan. Forty-five minutes earlier, a man rushed into the tent with his son, Daniel* – who was having a seizure in his arms.
Seeing the little boy convulse was one of the most frightening things I’ve ever witnessed. I felt helpless, and could only imagine what his father was going through.
This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 42 events. This week, two new events have been reported: outbreaks of cholera in Burundi and CrimeanCongo haemorrhagic fever in Senegal. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events in the region, including the:
• Grade 3 humanitarian crises in South Sudan;
• Grade 2 outbreaks of necrotizing cellulitis/fasciitis in Sao Tome and Principe, and cholera in Tanzania;
1,951,514 Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 30 June (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload)
520,399 South Sudanese refugee arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 30 June
274,920 Refugees in South Sudan and 2 million IDPs as of 30 June
63% of the South Sudanese refugee population are children (under the age of 18 years old)
7,311 Seedlings of eucalyptus and Markhamia lutea trees transplanted in Upper Nile during the reporting period.
2,434 Refugees and IDPs received nonfood items assistance from UNHCR across South Sudan during the reporting period.
554 Persons received capacity building trainings from UNHCR during the reporting period.
INSIDE SOUTH SUDAN 274,920 Refugees in South Sudan as of 30 June 2017.
2 million IDPs in South Sudan including 216,956 in UNMISS Protection of Civilian sites.
Juba, South Sudan, 19 July 2017: The World Health Organization (WHO) received 500 000 doses of oral cholera vaccine (OCV) on 17 July 2017. WHO is working with the Republic of South Sudan’s Ministry of Health and partners to scale up cholera vaccination campaign from 28 July to 3 August 2017.
Cumulatively, a total of 17 785 cholera cases including 320 (CFR 1.8%) deaths have been reported from 24 counties in South Sudan since the outbreak in June 2106.
WASHINGTON D.C., 18 July 2017 – This is a summary of a prepared statement by Justin Forsyth, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director – to whom quoted text may be attributed – today to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutional Economic, Energy and Environmental Policy.
The statement came as UNICEF released its annual Humanitarian Action Study, highlighting UNICEF’s global response in 2016. Last year, UNICEF responded to 344 humanitarian situations in 108 countries, more than ever before.
In multiple situations of armed conflict throughout the world, parties to the conflict routinely deny civilians access to humanitarian aid as a tactic of war. For example, in Yemen, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition has maintained a de facto aerial and naval blockade since March 2015. Because Yemen imported 90 percent of its food and medicine and 70 percent of its fuel before the start of the conflict, the impacts of the blockade have been devastating.
As South Sudan is grappling with a hunger crisis, volatility and violence, Cordaid constantly adapts its response to levels of insecurity and seasonal challenges. “When violence forces thousands to move to the middle of nowhere, we move with them”, Enkas Chau, Cordaid Emergency Program Manager, explains.
From famine to severe food emergency
Being a humanitarian worker in South Sudan might prove more challenging on different fronts. All ranging from lack of access, poor attitude from communities and their leaders, insecurity, and so on. Despite all this, vulnerable populations affected by conflict, epidemics and other natural calamities still need to be served or supported.