South Sudan

Summary of Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) or Kala azar (KA) Outbreak Situation in South Sudan


  • The current Kala azar (VL) outbreak has been ongoing to date, since Government’s formally declaration in September 2009.

  • Kala azar is endemic in four states in South Sudan namely: Upper Nile, Unity, Jonglei and Eastern Equatoria, where 2.7 million people are considered to be at risk in 28 counties.

  • The disease is also endemic in neighboring countries bordering with South Sudan including Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan.