1 July 2011 – As part of effort to transform the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) into a professional force, UNMIS in partnership with AECOM management services firm conducted an emergency life support course for 10 SPLA doctors today at the Bangladeshi hospital in Juba.
Carried out by 10 Bangladeshi doctors and an international volunteer from Juba Teaching Hospital, the activity was funded by an AECOM project supporting SPLA medical services and training. Topics included cardio pulmonary emergencies, loss of consciousness, shock, drowning and electric shock.
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A 13-person delegation led by UNMIS Regional Coordinator for Southern Sudan David Gressly returned to Juba today from a three-day security and humanitarian assessment mission to seven counties of Upper Nile and Jonglei states in Southern Sudan.
The tour that began on 14 June was intended to give delegation members a first-hand look at conditions on the ground in those counties, all of which are contiguous with southern Sudan’s international border with Ethiopia or its regional border with the north.
• From 10-16 June, the ADRA-IOM team in Kosti reported a total of 4,814 individuals (1,130 households) passing through the transit hub in spontaneous movements, representing 28% increase compared to last week. Main destinations were in Central Equatoria (45%) Upper Nile (39%), Eastern Equatoria (7%), and Lakes (3%) with the remainder heading elsewhere in relatively small numbers.
• On 15 June, the pusher Araka with two passenger and two cargo barges left for Juba carrying 1,019 individuals (250 households) on board.
The UNMIS medical team in Upper Nile State organized a one-day medical camp today at Malakal National Prison, where they treated 121 inmates and 20 prison staff.
“The treatment provided by UNMIS … hospital is the first of its kind,” said Malakal National Prison Deputy Director Colonel Othow Omot Okec. “They managed to check and treat prisoners, death-row inmates, women, and insane persons.”
Colonel Omot said that UNMIS human rights officers had toured the facility on 14 June to assess the prison’s state, identifying healthcare as an urgent need.
The Preventive Health Unit in the Upper Nile State Ministry of Health began inspecting clinics and pharmacies today to root out those that are unlicensed, ill equipped and/or staffed by unqualified personnel.
“We will not allow any one to open a private clinic and pharmacy without a license approved by the Ministry of Health because it is a matter of life and death,” said the Director of the Preventive Health Dr. Albino Amum Awin.
• From 27 May to 2 June, the ADRA-IOM team in Kosti reported a total of 2,865 individuals (690 households) passing through the transit hub in spontaneous movements, representing an 8% increase compared to last week. Main destinations were in Central Equatoria (38%), Upper Nile (37%), Southern Kordofan (13%) and Eastern Equatoria (7%) with the remainder heading elsewhere in relatively small numbers.
• During the reporting week, the ADRA-IOM team also tracked 26 individuals in SPLM-organized returns, returning to Southern Kordofan from Madani.
26 May 2011 – Humanitarian agencies have prepared to assist tens of thousands who have fled to the south after recent violence in Abyei town, but efforts are compounded by insecurity and looting.
After traveling with a military patrol in Abyei today, UNMIS Spokesperson Kouider Zerrouk described the area as completely deserted. Most of the town's nearly 40,000 residents had fled or were moving further south in search of refuge following Abyei's seizure by Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) last Saturday.
• From 13-19 May, the ADRA-IOM team in Kosti reported a total of 2,923 individuals (587 households) passing through the transit hub in spontaneous movements, representing a 9% decrease compared to last week. Main destinations were in Upper Nile (40%), Southern Kordofan (26%), Central Equatoria (21%) and Eastern Equatoria (5%) with the remainder heading elsewhere in relatively small numbers
• From 22-28 April, the ADRA-IOM team in Kosti reported tracking a total of 2,214 individuals (480 households) passing through the transit hub indicative of a 7% decrease from last week. Main destinations were Upper Nile (28%), Central Equatoria (28%) and Southern Kordofan (27%), with the rest heading to other states in relatively small numbers.
• For this reporting period ADRA-IOM also tracked a total of 218 individuals repatriated through the government-organized movements to Upper Nile (110), Southern Kordofan (88) and Western Bahr el Ghazal (20).
4 May 2011 - Two dozen participants, mainly former combatants, graduated today from a one-week HIV and AIDS peer educator course organized by UNMIS in Khartoum.
Participants of the course, which kicked off on 27 April, were drawn from previous ranks of the Sudan Armed Forces, Popular Defense Forces (PDF) or were HIV and AIDS counselors employed by the Ministry of Health at disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) sites.
For the period 8 – 14 April 2011 ADRA/IOM’s Kosti team reported a total of 2, 484 individuals (479 HHs), tracked passing through Kosti. The main destinations were Southern Kordofan (34%), Upper Nile (28%), Central Equatoria (13%), Warrab (5%) and the rest going to various States in smaller numbers. IN comparison to the last four weeks, there is notable increase in this week’s figure of almost 65%.
20 April 2011 – UNMIS today sent a team to deliver humanitarian aid to the people affected by violence in Al Rashad locality of Southern Kordofan last week.
Four villages in Al Rashad were targeted by violence from 13-14 April that resulted in the death of 19 persons and injury of 29. The victims were reportedly unarmed and predominantly Nuban civilians, attacked by Baggara tribesmen.
The attack left more than 200 houses torched and razed as well as 2,000 people displaced, including 50 families who have been settled in a school in Al Faid.
From 1- 7 April 2011, ADRA/IOM’s Kosti team reported a total of 1, 510 individuals (321 HHs) passing through Kosti, with a slight decrease of 6% from last week’s figures. Main destinations were Upper Nile (36%), Southern Kordofan (22%), Central Equatoria (13%), and Eastern Equatoria (6%) with rest destined to other states in smaller numbers. ADRA/IOM’s Kosti team reported two SPLM organized movements for 49 individuals from Khartoum to Abyei town.
6 April 2011 - Recognizing the lack of medical facilities in Abyei, The UNMIS Indian Force Reserve Battalion (FRB) launched a series of free medical/veterinary camps in the area from 3 to 6 April.
On 3 April, a team consisting of 2 medical officers, 1 vet officer and 12 support staff arrived in Abyei from Kadugli. The initial day of camps was inaugurated at Freedom Square by Deputy Chief Administrator Mario Kual Monyluak Dak in a ceremony attended by UNMIS and local government officials.
29 March 2011 - A three-day polio immunization campaign kicked off in Juba yesterday, organized by the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) in collaboration with international partners.
Supported by UNICEF, the UN World Health Organization and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the campaign targets children under the age of five and represents the second polio immunization drive to be launched in Southern Sudan since the beginning of the year.
Speaking at the official campaign opening held at Juba's Nyakuron Cultural Centre, GoSS Minister of Health Dr.
- From 18-24 March, the ADRA-IOM team in Kosti reported a total of 1,620 individuals (329 households) passing through the transit hub in spontaneous movements, representing a similar figure compared to last week.
- From 11-17 March, the ADRA-IOM team in Kosti reported a total of 1,630 individuals (351 households) passing through the transit hub in spontaneous movements, representing a 16% decrease compared to last week.
- From 4-10 March, the ADRA-IOM team in Kosti reported a total of 1,931 individuals (399 households) passing through the transit hub in spontaneous movements, representing a 80% increase compared to last week.