• Federal Minister of Health and senior UN delegation visits Kalma IDP camp to see AWD response.
• Heavy rains and flash floods affect over 10,000 people in North and South Darfur.
• In 2017, an estimated 15,000 people have returned to their home areas in the Rokoro area, North Jebel Marra locality.
• Humanitarian needs in the Rokoro area include food, emergency household supplies, water, health and education assistance.
• Land preparation and sowing of cereal crops has benefited from an early onset of the June - September rainy season.
WHO and partners continue to respond to Acute Watery Diarrhoea
Last week the Federal Minister of Health, accompanied by the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF) acting Deputy Representative and the World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative, visited South Darfur’s Kalma internally displaced persons (IDP) camp to witness first-hand the response to Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) in the state, where the State Ministry of Health (SMoH), local authorities, IDP communities, WHO, UNICEF and other humanitarian partners continue efforts to contain the AWD situation.
Kalma IDP camp hosts about 126,000 IDPs, some of whom were affected by recent flash floods. In response to AWD—and possible effects of these floods on the spread of AWD—humanitarian actors have established isolation treatment centres, which are run by the international NGOs International Medical Corps (IMC) and American Refugee Committee (ARC) with the support of WHO and UNICEF. The four international NGOs active in Kalma IDP Camp—ARC, CARE International Switzerland (CIS), Oxfam and IMC—are also monitoring water quality and carrying out water chlorination with UNICEF support, as well as solid waste management in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF.
Scaling up support for health, water and sanitation is required and affected households need plastic sheets for shelter. The international NGOs active in the camp planned an assessment of the hygiene and water situation in the camp slaughterhouse, with the involvement of camp residents.
Camp leaders met WHO and UNICEF to voice their concern on the health and environment conditions in the camp, including access to safe water. The FMoH will provide 10,000 mosquito nets to be distributed to camp residents and spraying of the camp will commence soon.
The delegation also visited Nyala Teaching Hospital where WHO is supporting a Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC). Water quality control measures are also in place at the hospital, aided by the water quality testing kits provided by WHO. The FMoH sent two nurses and two physicians to support the CTC.
Furthermore, two month's supplies of medicine and equipment have been pre-positioned at SMoH facilities. The SMoH has also provided tents, ambulances as well as medical and rapid response teams to address the situation. Additionally, health awareness activities across all localities in the state will be an ongoing priority.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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