HIGHLIGHTS HEALTH SECTOR
The MoH launched a new ‘Treat All’ and HIV Testing guidelines to end AIDS. South Sudan also joins the countries in Africa to have implemented Treat All recommendations among adults and adolescents in more than 50% of treatment sites in the country.
South Sudan conducted a Polio Outbreak Simulation Exercise (POSE) from 7 to 8 November 2017 to renew the commitment and evaluate South Sudan’s preparedness and capacity to respond to potential Polio event /and outbreak, outline strategies/guidelines and establish standards and timeline for response.
IOM in coordination and collaboration with SMOH, Health Cluster/WHO, UNICEF and Partners on the ground such as CHD, CORDAID and INTERSOS conducted the first round Oral Cholera Vaccine campaign in Budi where 856 cases and 53 deaths CFR 9.7% has been reported since week 29. The campaign was conducted from 18- 24 November 2017. In total more than 85 000 population received first dose Oral cholera vaccine.
To promote the safety and accessibility of blood and reduce the risks associated with transfusion WHO collaborated with the Ministry of Health (MoH) to review National Blood Policy and Strategic Plan, adapt normative guidelines and standards and forms for the National Blood Transfusion Services from 27 November to 1 December 2017.