Top UN aid chiefs have begged donors to increase efforts to stave off looming famine in South Sudan, where a third of the population are in crisis after months of war.
Nearly a million children aged under five face acute malnutrition, the World Food Programme (WFP) and UN children's agency UNICEF said in a joint statement released late Friday, after their top directors visited the impoverished nation.
|Giving birth in a displacement camp||A call for peace by children in South Sudan|
JUBA, South Sudan, 24 June 2014 – It is a rainy morning in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Despite the weather, people appear to be going about their activities as normal at the Mahad settlement for internally displaced persons (IDPs). According to NGO Terre des Hommes, which provides assistance at the settlement, this collection of makeshift shelters, on an open patch of land close to the centre of the city, is currently home to over 2,500 IDPs. Over the last six months, they have fled the conflict that has beset South Sudan; they come mostly from
In war torn countries of South Sudan and Somalia women are like the light at the end of long deserted tunnels for their families and socities. At Mulrany International we focus on women and children as we believe that it will have a major impact on the their families and societies at large. We provide nutrional and medical health information to the women so as they might be able to take good care of their families and mainly their children. Limited access to medical healthcare and Nutrional information tends to make the poor highly vulnerable to diseases and high mortality rate. We work with our donors to improve the livelihoods of these people.
With no fan whirring overhead to circulate the air in the hot,arid environment of Raga County, Amina Peters sits in the Mulrany International health centre with her child, Ayoul. During her consultation, a constant flux of mothers with their children stream through the two rooms of the clinic, many more waiting outside. "My child had diarrhoea and other mothers advised me to come here", Amina says. Ayoul looks healthy now, but ten weeks ago when she was first brought here, she was found to be suffering from malnutrition. Treatment was started immediately and she has responded well; now she comes back for monitoring and for food rations.
Our community health workers in South Sudan have to endure numerous challenges in order to provide our services; medical supplies and nutrition products to malnourished childrens in war struck countrysides of South Sudan. They have to perservere very harsh weather, poor roads and insecurity. This does not in anyway dampen their effort to make a change to lives of many children left malnourished from lack of breastfeeding and balance diet as a result of poverty. Day by day they have to put up with this hardships to either restore health of an infant or provide medical and nutritional advice to mothers.
5 July 2014 -- The Ministry of Health in South Sudan declared an outbreak of cholera on 9 May 2014. Since then,
several suspected cases have been recorded from different suburbs in at Juba Teaching
Hospital. The table below summarizes the number of suspected and confirmed cases
reported in Juba.The ongoing outbreak of cholera in parts of Central Equatoria State and Eastern Equatoria State,