EHA Sudan weekly highlights, week 48 (28 Nov - 04 Dec 2009)

Situation Report
Originally published

- The overall security situation in Darfur, Eastern region, South Kordofan and Blue Nile States remained relatively calm though unpredictable, apart from attack and killings of five UNAMID peacekeepers in Darfur last week.

- Abyei hospital's staff resumed their operations after 2 days of strike. The hospital started running with its full capacity. WHO, in collaboration with RCO, facilitated the MoH/DG travel to Juba and Khartoum for follow-up and coordinating the funds allocated for staff salaries.

- Next week, WHO South Darfur along with SMOH/IMCI department is going to conduct a training workshop in the community component in Al Daen town for 21 health cadres. Two training workshops will be conducted in Buram locality on Schistosomiasis and a case definition for the health cadres working in Buram locality.

- No any case of suspected AWD/Cholera and Dengue hemorrhagic fever was reported from Eastern region during this week. However two suspected cases of Influenza A, H1N1 were reported from Port Sudan RSS. The Pts are from Red Sea state, nasopharyngeal swabs were taken and sent to Khartoum Lab for confirmation.

- WHO together with FMOH and SMOH, trained health staff in standard case management and prevention of H1N1 in Port Sudan RSS, 22 medical doctors from Port Sudan hospital, 7 medical doctors from Suakin locality and 48 different cadres (lab technicians, General medical assistants, nurses and health officers).

- WHO provided cholera kit to SMOH, RSS as the rainy season started in RSS

Area of concern:

- Some areas of WD were still difficult to access due to restriction of movement of international staff for program implementation. DRC, INGOs working on WASH, restricted movements due to the last week incidents of break in and carjacking for DRC at the same day in Jabel Marra.

- According to UNDSS latest report, 30 areas have been declared as no go areas in East Sudan 3 States due to insecurity and mines problem in most of bordering areas with Ethiopia and Eretria