Sudan

EHA Sudan weekly highlights, week 52 (26 Dec 2009 - 01 Jan 2010)

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- The overall security situation in Darfur, Eastern region, and Blue Nile States remained relatively calm though unpredictable.

- WHO South Darfur supported SMOH to conduct two training workshops to improve the knowledge and skills of health care providers and community health volunteers. One training workshop was conducted in Rehedalbberdi, on "Schistosomiasis Case Management" for 35 participants and the other in Edulfarsan on "Case Definitions- Notifiable Diseases in EWARS System" for 12 participants. The participants were doctor, nurses, midwives, and medical assistants.

Area of concern :

- Some areas of WD are still difficult to access due to restriction of movement of international staff for program implementation.

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

- About 1500 families were displaced from Nagea to Shariea, Khazanjadeed, Karamjai and Jakara in Shareia locality of South Darfur

Coordination:

- Weekly health coordination meetings were held in the three states of Darfur. In greater Darfur, WHO shared the Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Bulletin for week 51. The health situation remained stable with morbidities within normal range and mortalities below the emergency threshold. The meeting also discussed the Meningitis Preparedness and Response Plans in the states.

- The biweekly Health Coordination meeting was held in Kassala. WHO/SMOH epidemiology section shared the WMMB with all partners. SMOH (EPI, IMCI, Nutrition sections) UNHCR, UNICEF, SRC shared their activities with partners. EPI manager informed the partners that the routine immunization coverage in 5 localities in Kassala state is low (Hamish koreb 64.8% and Talkuk is 30.8 % and other 3 localities coverage is less than 85%) at the end of year. WHO and SMoH had prepared the plan for the improvement of routine immunization in the State particularly for those 5 localities during 2010. It was decided that in the coming meeting, the UNHCR will share the EPI coverage, HIV/AID and TB cases from Refugees camps. The participants were also updated on Influenza A (H1N1).