Health in South Sudan

  • WHO lauds Africa’s progress in malaria, HIV control

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/29 The World Health Organisation (WHO), has commended the African region for making significant evolution in malaria control in the last five years. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said malaria incidence and mortality rates had declined by 42 % and 66 % respectively between 2000 and 2015. Moeti made the commendation in Kigali, Rwanda, while speaking at the Initial Africa Health Forum, launched by WHO, Africa and the Government of Rwanda.
  • WHO Africa Health Forum App Leads the Way

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/16 You can meet the majority interesting people at conferences. If you can make your way through the sea of people to get to them. The initial Africa Health Forum organised by the World Health Organisation African region was no different - hundreds and hundreds of enthusiastic participants filling the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda, determined to find their way to universal healthcare (UHC) on the continent. The forum promised to examine WHO AFRO's vision for health and development across the continent, explore concrete ways for partners to contribute to the work of the organization, meet the challenges that young people face, and provide a platform to talk about innovative strategies for the public health challenges that Africa just can't seem to shake.
  • AIDS still number one cause of death in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2016/07/20 The United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that despite successes chalked in the fight against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a lot additional needed to be done particularly in Africa. UNICEF’s Executive Director, Anthony Lake, revealed that adolescents were generally dying of AIDS at an alarming rate and that the disease remained the leading cause of death in Africa.
  • People with malaria have been flooding to regional hospitals which are running low on resources to provide care

    SOUTH SUDAN, 2016/01/06 In a remote northwest corner of South Sudan, Theresa Ahok is in a hurry. The 35-year-old is from the village of Adiang and walked for an hour and a half before managing to flag down a truck to drive her and her sick son another hour to the hospital. "I'm racing", she says," and I'm worried I won't get to the hospital in time." Her son Bakita is two-and-a-half years old and has malaria. She gave him some anti-malarial medication at home but it didn't help. He then started convulsing and she knew it was time to make the journey into Aweil. The city of Aweil is a patchwork of red dirt roads leading to a bustling town centre that has been a pocket of peace in a conflict-ridden country for the past two years.
  • No Medical Assistance Available in Leer, Following Repeated Lootings of MSF Facility

    SOUTH SUDAN, 2015/10/11 Civilian populations in Leer and Mayendit Counties have once again been deprived of access to urgently needed medical and humanitarian assistance next a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) compound in Leer was looted twice by well-organized armed men on 2 and 3 October. As a result, MSF was forced to suspend medical activities and evacuate its team from Leer. "MSF strongly condemns these armed robberies of its medical personnel and facilities," says MSF Emergency Manager Tara Newell. "These incidents have forced MSF to suspend its medical activities in Leer and they are responsible for depriving the people of urgently needed medical assistance." On Friday, 2 October, amid renewed clashes, MSF was looted by well-organized armed men who entered its compound with their weapons, intimidated MSF staff with threat of violence and stole medical supplies, vehicles, technical equipment and personal belongings. MSF remained in Leer to continue providing medical assistance to war-wounded patients who were receiving treatment at the time of the incident.
  • Global Malaria Target Met Amid Sharp Drop in Cases

    BOTSWANA, 2015/09/22 Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 % since 2000, but the ancient killer remains an acute public health problem with 15 nations mainly in sub-Saharan Africa accounting for some 80 % of cases and deaths globally, according to a new United Nations statement released today. “World malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of the completed 15 years,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “It’s a sign that our strategies are on target, and that we can beat this ancient killer, which still claims hundreds of thousands of lives, mostly children, each year.”
  • Unicef, UN Health Agency Report Increase in Immunization Figures for World's Children

    BOTSWANA, 2015/07/18 An increasing number of children are receiving life-saving vaccinations around the world, according to the new data released by two United Nations agencies. In a press release issued before today, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) confirmed that the number of nations reaching and sustaining 90 % vaccination coverage for their children with the required three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines (DTP3) had doubled since 2000. In 2000, 21 million children did not receive even a initial dose of DTP, a figure that has presently dropped to 12 million, the WHO and UNICEF said.
  • Risk of disease in IDP camp

    SOUTH SUDAN, 2014/03/31 The international humanitarian organziation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has complained that the initial rains in South Sudan have complicated an by presently fragile situation part internally-displaced persons following the three months of fighting between government and opposition forces. In a press statement it issued on Friday, the MSF said the initial torrential rains of the season have left large parts of the Tomping camp, in the capital Juba, under water, worsening the by presently unacceptable living conditions for additional than 25,000 people packed into the camp.
  • Meningitis vaccination campaign in South Sudan

    SOUTH SUDAN, 2013/05/12 WHO to carry out meningitis vaccination campaign in South Sudan - The World Health Organization (WHO) and South Sudan will carry out a vaccination campaign to address a meningitis outbreak in the Upper Nile national that has killed three people, a WHO statement said on Friday.
  • National Minister of Health, Dr. Michael Milly Hussein.

    SOUTH SUDAN, 2013/01/04 South Sudan still experiences poor health care conditions resulting in maternal and child mortality, and malnutrition, due to lack of access to reproductive health services, says the National Minister of Health, Dr. Michael Milly Hussein.  Dr. Milly was speaking to the press, Wednesday, as South Sudan was preparing to celebrate the World People Day, 26 July, 2012, under the theme,” Universal Access to Reproductive Services”.