South Sudan

South Sudan: Migration Health Unit (MHU) Wau Protection of Civilians (PoC) Site Highlights, Jan - Jun 2017

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- At the start of the year, IOM was conducting an average of 1,000 consultations per week. At the height of the latest escalation in fighting in April, that number more than doubled. IOM responded by recruiting more clinical staff and mobilizing resources to cover the increased needs.
- In the past six months, Wau has experienced two major outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases: measles and chicken pox. Through consistent case management and community health promo on, IOM and partners brought measles cases to zero by April 2017. Following outbreaks of violence in April, new unvaccinated refugees arrived in the PoC and measles cases started appearing again. Despite the high number of cases, no deaths from measles have been registered in the PoC.
- IOM conducted Rapid Response Missions (RRMs) and assessments outside Wau town to offer lifesaving primary healthcare services for those without access to facili es and care. RRMs for example took place to Baggare, in Juur River County and Masna, Wau County.
- As part of health systems strengthening, IOM has provided a suitable environment for student nurses from Wau teaching hospital to practice midwifery. IOM has also built capacity of national staff. For example, malaria diagnosis skills have improved through training as indicated by a higher number of confirmed diagnoses, as opposed to unconfirmed malaria diagnoses.

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