Sudan

EHA Sudan weekly highlights, week 1 (02 -08 Jan 2010)

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- The overall security situation in Darfur, Eastern region, South Kordofan and Blue Nile States remained relatively calm though unpredictable. It remained volatile in Shariea locality of South Darfur

- A joint mission comprised of SMoH and WHO Blue Nile State visited Guli village/Al-Tadamon locality for conducting rumor verification of excess cases of ARI among primary school students considered as Influenza A. The total number of reported cases was 13 within a week. The investigation team examined most of the cases and did not find any case fulfilling the criteria of suspected Influenza A H1N1. WHO provided medical supplies to the health centre and the teachers in the affected school had been briefed on preventive measures.

- HAC preliminary annual planning meeting was held in El Fasher attended by all UN agencies and NGOs to share Plan of Action for the partners. It was decided that all agencies will present their annual plans for 2010 in next meeting.

Area of concern :

- Poor Water Quality in Shangle Tobaye; North Darfur

- The newly displaced families from Nagea in Shareaia and Karamjai in South Darfur are without basic humanitarian services especially food and shelter.

- Shortage / non availability of medications for STI including HIV/AIDs in West Darfur

Coordination:

- Weekly health sector coordination meetings were held in the three states of Darfur. In these meetings, WHO shared the Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Bulletin for week 52. The health situation remained stable with morbidities within normal range and mortalities below the emergency threshold. The resource mapping for Meningitis Preparedness was discussed in West Darfur. The Task Force for meningitis is also holding regular coordination meetings.

- In Kassala, a meeting was held between WHO and SMoH to discuss the plan of action for meningitis, AWD and other areas like AFP surveillance, improvement of routine immunization coverage and HIV/TB control program during 2010. It was decided that all heads of sections in SMOH to prepare the progress reports of 2009, gap areas and recommendation to share with all partners in 1st week of Feb 2010.

- In South Darfur, WHO and Humedica discussed the continuity of health services in health facilities in Nyala handed over to SMoH. Humedica will continue to support primary health facilities in Elsalam, Ottash, Elserief and mid wifery clinic in Mussee with provision of incentives to staff and essential drugs and supplies till June 2010. The facilities will be managed and supervised by SMoH.

- In Southern Kordofan, WHO is coordinating and sharing HIS system report with Maternal Mortality Surveillance Committee together with SMoH, UNICEF and UNFPA.