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15 Oct 2018 description

1. Highlights

  • South Sudan with support from WHO and partners has heightened the preparedness capacities in response to the raised EVD risk assessment from high to very high.

  • The WHO Representative to South Sudan, Dr Olushayo Olu led a team to Yei River state to reinforce the WHO’s commitment to establishing an ETU in Yei River state and also opened a WHO field office to coordinate the EVD preparedness activities.

14 Oct 2018 description

13 October 2018, Juba – In an effort to provide quality emergency health services including basic package of health and nutrition services, WHO is implementing an integrated health, nutrition and WASH services to save the lives of populations at risk.

To reach people with virtually no health, WHO deployed the mobile medical team (MMT) to priority locations across the country to provide and contribute to quality emergency health services including basic package of health and nutrition services in a prompt and effective manner to populations at risk.

08 Oct 2018 description

Highlights

  • WHO has elevated the risk assessment of EVD spread in the region from “High” to “very High”. This implies that South Sudan and other three neighboring countries (Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi) have to develop and test operational readiness for a potential EVD response.

  • Two additional screening sites i.e. Nimule River Port and Yei Airport have started entry screening of travelers, given the a total number of screening sites to 10.

04 Oct 2018 description

Juba, 2 October 2018 – To determine the extent of Rota virus infections among children and reduce child morbidity and mortality due to rotavirus infection, the Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) is establishing sentinel surveillance for rotavirus infection in Juba.

01 Oct 2018 description

Highlights

  • WHO has elevated the risk assessment of EVD spread in the region from "High" to "very High". This implies that South Sudan and other three neighboring countries countries (Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi) have to develop and test operational readiness for a potential EVD response.

  • Four additional screening sites i.e. Nimule River Port and Yei River state, Yei Airport, Kaya, and SSRC offices have started entry screening of travelers.

24 Sep 2018 description

Highlights

  • South Sudan continues to make progress on Ebola virus disease outbreak (EVD) preparedness through enhancing capacities for EVD case detection, investigation, response, and prevention.

  • This week, multiple engagements at different levels have continued to advocate, sensitize and mobilize stakeholders and communities to pull all efforts and resources together towards achieving this goal.

17 Sep 2018 description

1. Highlights

  • South Sudan, as a priority one country for Ebola virus disease outbreak (EVD) preparedness continues to make progress to enhance capacities for EVD case detection, investigation, response, and prevention.

  • There is no confirmed case of Ebola in South Sudan.

  • The national Ebola taskforce meets twice weekly and is coordinating the implementation of the EVD contingency plan.

15 Sep 2018 description

Juba 14 September 2018 – WHO in partnership with the Ministry of Health are strengthening capacity to improve HIV programme interventions to achieve the national 90-90-90 targets in South Sudan.

Over the last decades, South Sudan has continued to face humanitarian crises of varying nature and intensity weakening the health systems and thus hindering progressive coverage of health services including HIV.

14 Sep 2018 description

Human African trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness, threatens millions of people in many countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

South Sudan is one of the countries most affected by sleeping sickness. In 2018, a total of 5 469 people were screened (5 330 actively and 139 passively) for sleeping sickness of which 13 patients were treated.

In an effort towards the elimination of the human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), WHO trained health experts on the use of different diagnostic tools and case management.

10 Sep 2018 description

Malaria, a disease endemic in South Sudan with the entire population at risk, continues to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality, accounting for 59% of cases and over 28% of deaths reported in health facilities in 2018. Children under five years and pregnant mothers are the most vulnerable.

07 Sep 2018 description

Juba, 6 September 2018 – In the aftermath of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that started in North Kivu province, on 1 August 2018 and the threat of cross-border spread, South Sudan has heightened its preparedness and response activities.

29 Aug 2018 description

Juba 27 August 2018 – The Ministry of Health of South Sudan in collaboration with the Health Sector Partners (HSP) and with technical leadership and support from the World Health Organization has validated its 2007 Essential Medicines List.

This is part of the efforts to improve access to, availability and proper use of essential medicines within the health care system in public and private facilities.

12 Aug 2018 description

Juba 9 August, 2018 – The Ministry of Health of the Republic of South Sudan with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners convened a three-day meeting to develop a five-year national action plan for health security (2018-2022).

28 Jul 2018 description

Juba 26 July, 2018 – In an effort to implement the recommendations of the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) for International Health Regulations (2005) conducted in 2017, the Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organization and other partners developed a roadmap to improve its capacity to prevent, detect, confirm, and rapidly respond to public health risks and emergencies.

25 Jul 2018 description

Juba 13 July, 2018 – The Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organization is building capacity to strengthen surveillance mechanism for adverse events following immunization (AEFI).

24 Jul 2018 description

Juba, 23 July 2018 – South Sudan detected three new Guinea worm cases in Rumbek North and Rumbek Center Counties of former Lakes State in 2018.

The three victim’s two female teenagers and 25-year-old man are cattle keepers and are now receiving treatment at Rumbek-Guinea Worm hub.

23 Jul 2018 description

Juba 20 July, 2018 – With support from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Health convened a one day high-level advocacy meeting to define strategic funding priorities for health sector.

During the meeting key donors and other international and national health partners including UN agencies discussed on key programmatic and funding priorities including aligning investments, coordinating operations, identifying synergies and capitalize on potential efficiencies from joint operations.

21 Jul 2018 description

Juba, 17 July 2018 – To ensure maintenance critical immunization system functions and prevent the collapse following the ramp down of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) support, the Ministry of Health with support from WHO held a one-day meeting with key donors and other stakeholders including UNICEF.