• As of 20 July, 141 suspected cases of cholera have been reported in Juba and Duk (Jonglei), with at least 69 new cases reported in Juba Teaching Hospital on 20 July. The numbers are likely to fluctuate given the circumstances.
• Education activities, which had been temporarily put on hold due to lack of available space, were able to resume in Tomping on 20 July; 650 children have been registered.
• Children in Juba are suffering from high levels of psychosocial distress following several days of terrifying conflict; over 2,300 children have now participated in psychosocial support activities.
Tension remains high in Juba, despite the continued ceasefire. It is estimated that 15,061 people remain displaced as a result of the violence which erupted on 7 July. In parallel, there has been an outbreak of suspected cases of cholera, with a total of 141 suspected cases to date.
Response to the suspected cholera outbreak in Juba is underway, with MSF, Medair, Intersos, IOM, UNICEF acting as main partners in the water, sanitation and hygiene effort. UNICEF is at the forefront of the response in UN House, is a playing a supporting role in Tomping, and is monitoring ongoing activities in a variety of sites. MSF and UNICEF have defined roles, responsibilities, and collaboration for the support of Juba Teaching Hospital: it has been agreed that UNICEF will be responsible for all water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities and services, while MSF runs the Cholera Treatment Centre. In addition, UNICEF’s Health Section is supporting the cholera response led by Minister of Health. All relevant subtask forces have been activated, including WASH, case management and laboratory support, surveillance, and community awareness and mobilization.
The Child Protection sub-cluster met on 20 July, identifying over fifteen (predominantly national) organisations remaining in Juba who are willing to support child protection service delivery efforts. Agencies are now pairing up and sharing resources, including staff, to cover shortfalls. The child protection and education clusters have begun linking partners, coupled with advice and guidance on how to integrate child protection and education services.