Sudan Health Cluster Bulletin, May 2009
- Two suspected cases of Influenza A (H1N1) have been investigated and turned out to be negative.
- WHO Floods task force activated.
- Meningitis: More than 38000 people vaccinated in Darfur.
- Update on Médecins Sans Frontières activities in Northern Sudan.
- Medair commences Reproductive Health program in South Kordofan.
- UNFPA/FMOH Celebrated the International Day of the Midwife. WHO/MOH celebrated World Tobacco day.
Preparing for seasonal floods
The Health Cluster is working with the Sudan Federal MOH teams to draft a floods contingency plan should floods occur.
The floods preparation team mapped high risk areas based on past experience in 2006-2008 and identified needs to train "Quick response teams" before the end of June 09. The prepositioning of supplies has started.
Health sector/MoH will be undertaking a supervisory visits to high risk areas to check: Managerial setup and reporting system, response teams and the buffer stocks available in States. The main concern is the fear of acute watery diarrhea outbreak due to weak sanitation and water quality control. The expulsion of implementing partners and inadequate funding might hinder a full response capacity.