14 December, 2017, Juba: South Sudan has been polio-free since June 2009. However, it is still considered at risk for polio outbreak due to insecurity, population movements, along with recent polio outbreaks in the neighbouring countries.
In order to sustain the polio free status, reaching every child with life-saving polio vaccines, and strengthening acute flaccid paralysis surveillance remain core interventions.
Juba, 15 December 2017: the World Health Organization (WHO) is expanding on its partners’ engagement mechanisms to address critical barriers in reaching vulnerable persons including women and children with life-saving interventions in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, where access and restrictions on movement severely hinder the ability of populations to get health services.
Juba, 14 December 2017: Cholera in South Sudan remains an important public health problem which has affected 21 571 people and resulted in 462 deaths since the onset of the outbreak on 18 June 2016. This has been the longest and largest outbreak in magnitude and geographical extent, its impact exacerbated by the protracted crisis, insecurity, displacements and declining access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
In South Sudan, “childhood under attack” as country enters fifth year of fighting
JUBA/NAIROBI, December 15 2017 - South Sudan is in the throes of a tragedy for children that affects more than half the child population - victims of malnutrition, disease, forced recruitment, violence and the loss of schooling - UNICEF said in a report released today.
Years of insecurity and upheaval have had a “staggering impact on children”, threatening an entire generation, the report, Childhood under Attack, says.
The numbers tell a grim story:
Juba, 11 December 2017: With the aim to achieve the target of zero transmission, the South Sudan Guinea Worm Eradication Programme (SSGWEP) was established in 2006 with 20 581 cases reported from 3 320 endemic villages. In November 2017, the country celebrated its first full year with no indigenous cases of the disease.
‘A terrible itching, blister formation and emergence of a long worm are the first signs and symptom of Guinea worm disease,’ says Mr Evans Liyosi, WHO Representative a.i. for South Sudan.
Following the outbreak of violence in Juba in July 2016, the South Sudanese civil war spread from its historic epicentre in Greater Upper Nile to Greater Equatoria (Central, Eastern and Western Equatoria states). Insecurity caused widespread displacement and rendered much of Greater Equatoria largely inaccessible to humanitarian actors. As a result, only limited information is available on the humanitarian situation outside of major displacement sites.
Juba 11 December 2017: In South Sudan, cholera continues to hit communities already made vulnerable by disasters such as conflict and hunger catastrophe.
In 2017, South Sudan braced the most protracted and biggest cholera outbreak. The outbreak was first detected in July 2016 and since then over 21 000 cholera cases and 462 deaths (CFR 2.14%) have been reported from 27 Counties countrywide.
UK government announces £52 million humanitarian package for the people of South Sudan as peace talks begin.
From: Department for International Development and Rory Stewart OBE MP
Minister for Africa Rory Stewart has announced an additional £52 million humanitarian package to help the communities – including refugees and internally displaced people – impacted by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.
Refugees and IDPs received nonfood items assistance from UNHCR across South Sudan in November 2017.
New arrivals registered in South Sudan in November 2017.
Refugees’ children received Vitamin A in Upper Nile in November 2017
Working with Partners
■ UNHCR works closely with the Government of South Sudan to deliver assistance and protection services to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
December 12, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan is closer to eradicating the guinea worm disease in the country, top officials said on Tuesday.
Speaking at a guinea worn eradication evaluation symposium in the capital, Juba, First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai emphasised the need to strengthen existing mechanisms to prevent the disease from resurfacing since the country registered no case in the last one year.
Two victims of a wildfire are receiving life-saving medical attention at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan hospital in Bor, in the Jonglei region of South Sudan.
The two women, who suffered third-degree burns, were caught in the wildfire while collecting grass to thatch their roofs in Kolnyang village.
Mathew Magok, a close relative of one of the victims, thanked the Sri Lankan peacekeepers for the “lifesaving interventions”.
“We are trying to cope with the situation. UNMISS has done its part. They gave us some medicine,” said Magok.
OVERVIEW OF THE CRISIS
As the conflict in South Sudan enters its fifth year in 2018, the humanitarian crisis has continued to intensify and expand due to the compounding effects of widespread violence and the deteriorating economic situation.
In November, fighting between armed forces was reported in Yei, Kajo-Keji and Lainya County (Central Equatoria), Torit County (Eastern Equatoria), Mundri area (Western Equatoria), Ayod County (Jonglei), and Mayendit and Rubkona County (Unity). As a result, many civilians were displaced in different locations, including 17,300 in Kajo-Keji County, who were forced to flee IDP camps to other parts of Central Equatoria and Uganda. Intercommunal violence in Duk County (Jonglei), left 45 people dead and displaced over 2,000 people from Duk Payuel to Poktap.
Situation and Needs of Children in South Sudan
One new cholera case reportedfrom Ngauro in Budi during week 48 of2017 (Table 1).
Four new cholera cases reported from Juba in week 48, 2017
No new case confirmed in week 49 (Table 4).
Since the outbreak of the civil war in South Sudan 4 years ago, on the 13th of December 2013, millions of South Sudanese have been and are still fleeing every day from brutal violence, extensive food insecurity and a lack of access to basic services. Handicap International is supporting civilians displaced within the country and the people who took refuge in neighbouring countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya or Uganda.
In South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, drought and conflict left almost 23 million people in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment by March 2017, when the DEC launched its appeal. While relief assistance in 2017 has been providing a life-line to people and communities in these four countries, preventing a rapid deterioration of the humanitarian crisis, persistent drought and ongoing fighting continue to affect the lives of millions. A sustained, and in places, increased relief effort is needed into 2018 to protect livelihoods and prevent loss of life.
Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 15 Nov (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload)
South Sudanese refugee arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 15 November
Refugees in South Sudan and 1.88 million IDPs as of 31 October