UNMISS hands over COVID-19 Critical Care Center in Yambio

As part of its ongoing support to the national-led COVID-19 response, UNMISS and development partners recently rehabilitated and handed over 16 rooms to local authorities in Yambio, Western Equatoria. A joint public health initiative with the State COVID-19 Task Force, the refurbished facility is designed to be a fully equipped isolation facility to support residents and displaced persons in case they contract the virus. Apart from refurbishing the rooms, UNMISS…

Sudan Refugees Face Life-threatening Risks from Floods, Coronavirus, UN Says

The U.N. refugee agency says heavy flooding in Sudan is putting the lives of tens of thousands of refugees, internally displaced people, and host communities at increased risk at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is spreading. An estimated 125,000 refugees and internally displaced people are affected by Sudan’s worst flooding in a century. The U.N. refugee agency says the situation is particularly bad in the regions of East Sudan,…

UN agencies support flood response in Sudan but warn aid stocks ‘rapidly’ depleting

The UN and its partners are supporting the Sudanese Government as it responds to recent severe flooding, which has killed 90 people and affected 380,000 others, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Tuesday.   The flooding was triggered by heavy seasonal rains, mainly in neighbouring Ethiopia, which caused the Nile River to rise to nearly 17.5 metres (roughly 57 feet) this past weekend: the highest level in 100…

WFP South Sudan Situation Report #275, 28 August 2020

Highlights Over the last two weeks, torrential rains have led to further rising flood levels in Jonglei and Unity states of South Sudan. The flooding compounds an already fragile humanitarian situation due to the increasing levels of subnational conflict across the country, and the impact of COVID-19. This is crippling food security and livelihoods. In July, WFP and Cooperating Partners reached over 1.32 million people with 12,379 mt of food…

South Sudan eradicates wild poliovirus

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN, 27 August 2020- On 25 August 2020, the African Regional Certification Commission for poliomyelitis eradication (ARCC) officially declared that the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region is free of wild poliovirus South Sudan has hereby joined the group of countries who eradicated wild poliovirus.. The last known case of indigenous wild poliovirus transmission in South Sudan occurred in June 2009. The Africa Regional Commission for Certification of…

South Sudan: COVID-19 Update, July 2020

Key Developments • A cumulative total of 2,437 detected cases, there are 1,173 active confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Sudan, with 1,217 (50%) recoveries and 47 deaths. • The Ministry of Health requested State governments to discontinue the locally imposed requirement for humanitarian personnel arriving from Juba to quarantine for an additional 14 days upon arrival into the state as this practice is inconsistent with the national COVID-19 guidelines…

IOM South Sudan: Weekly COVID-19 Situation Report Update #20 (17 – 23 August 2020)

The COVID-19 outbreak continued to slow down in the Africa region, as seen in the past two weeks. The current figures in the region represent 4.4% of confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2.5% of deaths reported worldwide. South Africa remains the hardest-hit country on the African continent and is ranked fifth globally, although with relatively low numbers of deaths. There was also a reduction in the incidence of cases in Nigeria,…

South Sudan: WHO and Ministry of Health provide essential training to health care workers thanks to funding from the African Development Bank

Stepping up efforts to fight COVID-19 in South Sudan, the Ministry of Health with support from WHO recently trained over 350 health care workers in all ten states and four priority locations. The training focused on to building the capacity of health care workers for COVID-19 case management and emergency response and enhancing understanding of risk as well as providing better knowledge and skills on infection prevention and control. With…