Juba 8 December, 2018 – The Ministry of Health of the Republic of South Sudan with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), DFID, GAVI vaccine alliance and other partners, is set to vaccinate targeted healthcare and frontline workers operating in high risk states bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) against Ebola virus disease (EVD) as part of national preparedness efforts.
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The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous incidents of sexual and gender-based violence against women near Bentiu in northern South Sudan in recent weeks.
The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern about the well-being of the victims, who, according to reports, included more than 150 women and girls who were attacked by armed men in military and civilian clothing, in Government-controlled areas throughout Rubkona County.
Relief actor records at least 150 GBV cases in Bentiu during a 12-day period
UN records two aid worker deaths, 60 humanitarian access incidents in October
USAID/FFP partner reaches 2.3 million people with assistance in October
KEY DEVELOPMENTS ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
On the 23 November 2018, the State Ministry of Health was notified of a suspected case of Ebola at the Sekure Payam, Nzara County. The suspect is a 25 years old farmer, who resides at “Hai Network” but travelled to Bangadi in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the 16 November 2018. He felt unwell on the 18 November 2018 with complains of fever, joint pain, vomiting of blood and diarrhoea.
From July to September 2018, the Education Cluster provided access to education in emergency (EiE) services to 640,729 children and young people (375,880 boys and young men, 264,849 girls and young women) from internally displaced populations (IDPs) and host communities. This equates to 95 per cent of the annual target for the cluster.
Widespread sexual violence in South Sudan despite peace agreement
Following the outbreak of violence in Juba in early 2016, the conflict in South Sudan and especially the Greater Equatoria region (Western, Central and Eastern Equatoria states) escalated. Many areas of Western Equatoria State are largely inaccessible to humanitarian actors due to insecurity. As a result, only limited information is available on the humanitarian situation outside of a few large towns and displacement sites.
GenXpert laboratory results for the suspected EVD case in Yambio were negative for Ebola Zaire; follow-up polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing was negative for all Ebola species, Marburg,
Rift Valley Fever, Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, and Sosuga viruses. Further testing of the sample at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) using Taqman Array Card (TAC) platform and YF-specific PCR assay confirmed that the sample was PCR positive for Yellow Fever Virus.
• A 5-day Integrated Rapid Response Mission in Baggari has been concluded.
• Conflict and insecurity through out the lean season push some 6.1 million people into hunger.
• Health partners intensified preparedness and response activities agaisnt Ebola in the wake of the Ebola Virus outbreak in DRC.
• Authorities in Greater Aweil area have reported that more than 20,500 households have been affected by floods in the area.
Scaling-up humanitarian response in Baggari area
Juba, 1 December 2018 – Despite the ongoing complex humanitarian crises in South Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the Ministry of Health and partners responding to the yellow fever outbreak in Gbudue State.
Following the declaration of the Yellow Fever outbreak on 29 November 2018, WHO deployed a multidisciplinary team of experts to undertake an in-depth epidemiological; entomological; and laboratory investigations from 1 to 8 December 2018.
2,469,552 * South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 30 September 2018 (pre- and post-Dec 2013 caseload).
4,418 * South Sudanese refugee arrivals in September 2018.
300,137 Refugees in South Sudan and 1.96 million IDPs including 197,996 in UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites
4.76 million persons of concern (South Sudanese refugees in the region;
South Sudanese IDPs and refugees in South Sudan)
6,700+ Refugees received relief packages across South Sudan during the reporting period.
7,900+ Refugees children and mothers received nutrition support in Upper Nile during the reporting period.
1,400+ Refugees and IDPs benefited from capacity building activities across South Sudan during the reporting period.
Achievements and Impact
Juba, 22 November 2018 – The Ministry of Health, WHO and partners, concluded a two-day consultative meeting to review the implementation of the Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) control activities in South Sudan for the past seven years (2011 to 2018).
The objective of the meeting was to review the implementation of the VL control activities from 2011 to 2018; discuss the lessons learned and reporting formats as well as reporting on drug consumption at health facility level on monthly basis especially AmBisome.
November 29, 2018 (JUBA) - First comes a hacking cough, with mucus and blood. As the bacteria starts to infect the lungs, eating away at the tissue, the night sweats start and a high fever develops. Over time, extreme tiredness sets in, along with a loss of appetite and weight.
If left untreated, pulmonary TB will severely weaken an infected person, leaving them emaciated. Eventually, their lungs will fill with liquid, causing chronic respiratory failure. At this stage, treatment is too late. The patient will die.
Juba, 28 November 2018 – To establish optimal in-country capacities to detect, investigate, test, confirm and respond to meningitis cases in South Sudan, the Ministry of Health (MoH) with support from WHO conducted a training of trainers workshop involving over 60 Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) managers, state surveillance officers, and state laboratory focal points from 26 to 28 November 2018 in Juba.
Juba, 29 November 2018 – The Ministry of Health has declared a Yellow Fever (YF) outbreak today (29 November) in Sakure, Nzara County, Gbudue state.
Addressing a press conference in Juba, Hon. Ms Awut Deng Acuil, the Acting Minister of Health, urged the general public to be vaccinated against yellow fever to protect themselves from the risk of yellow fever virus.
17,400+ Refugees and IDPs received material support across South Sudan in October 2018.
2,200+ Assorted tree seedlings planted in Upper Nile in October 2018.
900+ Newly arrived refugees registered in October in South Sudan 2018.
Working with Partners in 2018
■ UNHCR works closely with the Government of South Sudan to deliver assistance and protection services to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).