South Sudan Health Cluster Bulletin 3, 31 March 2017

Report
from World Health Organization, Health Cluster
Published on 31 Mar 2017 View Original

Reporting period: 1 – 31 March 2017

Highlights

  • The Ministry of Health convened the Third Health Summit with the theme “Harnessing strong partnerships for a resilient health system towards attainment of Universal Health Coverage” to encourage partners to work together with the Ministry and others in building a well-functioning resilient health system looking towards the larger goal of achieving Universal Health Coverage.

  • To provide sustainable delivery of essential health care and public health programmes at the community level, the Ministry of Health launched a new community health initiative called the Boma Health Initiative (BHI). The BHI aims to improve and refocus the delivery of community health services.

  • To slow the current surge in cholera cases, WHO provided 10 cartons of ringer lactate, 3 cartons of diarrheal kits to CUAMM in Yirol East, 2 basic Emergency kits to CMMB and WVI to enhance mobile clinic outreach to the IDPs, 10 emergency kits to Generation Initiatives South Sudan to support payam-to-payam mobile medical teams, 56 cartons of IEHKs and 63 cartons of drug supplies for Wau Teaching Hospital.

Situation update

  • Access to health care in many affected areas in South Sudan remains extremely challenging due to insecurity and closure of health facilities. Over 50 % of the health facilities are non-functional.

  • Insecurity continues to hamper health facility operations. Lack of medical supplies and a disrupted surveillance system has impeded monitoring and response to the increasing suspected disease outbreaks like measles and cholera, and essential health services such as immunization.

  • The Ministry of Health convened the Third Health Summit with the theme “Harnessing strong partnerships for a resilient health system towards attainment of Universal Health Coverage” to encourage partners to work together with the Ministry and others for building a well-functioning resilient health system looking towards the larger goal of achieving Universal Health Coverage.

  • To provide sustainable delivery of essential health care and public health programmes at the community level, the Ministry of Health launched a new community health initiative called the Boma Health Initiative (BHI). The BHI aims to improve and refocus the delivery of community health services.

  • The opening of the humanitarian corridors allows safe access to affected populations across the country. The corridor will be used to deliver aid from Sudan to Bentiu, a town in famine-struck Unity State.

  • Health partners continue to response to famine in central Unity (Koch, Mayendit and Leer). Partners have scaled up there capacity i.e increased human resource, medical supplies and reaching out to those in hard to reach areas through mobile teams.