WHO lifesaving medicines and medical supplies prepositioned in preparation for the rainy season in Sudan [EN/AR]

from World Health Organization
Published on 26 Jul 2018

Khartoum, Sudan, 26 July 2018 --- The World Health Organization (WHO), in support of Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), has prepositioned vital medicines and medical supplies for more than 3 million beneficiaries as part of the national emergency preparedness plan for the upcoming rainy season.

The supplies include Rapid Response Kits (RRK) for a population of about 3 million people, Cholera Treatment Kits sufficient to treat 2000 severe or 8000 moderate cases, Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS), and laboratory testing kits, equipment and furniture.

The shipment also contains two surgical kits and 265 sets of personal protection equipment (PPE) distributed to 11 high risk states out of the 18 states in Sudan.

“WHO will work closely with national counterparts leadership at the FMOH, as well as partners and stakeholders, to ensure a coordinated and impactful response to health needs of the vulnerable populations during the rainy season,” said Dr. Naeema Al Gasseer, WHO Representative in Sudan. “It is extremely important to scale up our preparedness efforts in high-risk areas and support the vision of the FMOH to save lives and leave no one behind” she added.

Additional stocks of cholera medicines and other emergency supplies have also been arranged for advanced prepositioning.

The rainy season in Sudan (June to September) usually witnesses an increase in acute watery diarrhea (AWD) cases that require an active preparedness response plan to urgently contain any potential outbreaks.

From August 2016 to March 2018, a total of 36,962 cases of AWD were recorded in 18 states, leading to the death of 823 people, of which 15% were children below the age of 5 years.

WHO’s ongoing support in Sudan is a result of the generous contributions from Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF), Central Emergency Response Funds (CERF), the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Qatar Darfur Development Fund, Government of Japan, and the Government of Italy.

For more information, please contact:
- Ajyal Sultany, WHO Communications Officer, +246 900907512, sultanya@who.int