Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Displaced at Risk in South Sudan

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Displaced at Risk in South Sudan

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The humanitarian situation in South Sudan deteriorated following an outbreak of violence in the sub-Saharan country on 15 December last year.

A total of 413 000 persons have been displaced from the four states of Central Equatoria, Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile, and 66 500 of them were taking shelter in United Nations (UN) peace-keeping bases in Juba, Bor, Malakal and Bentiu while an estimated 84 000 others were displaced in Aweriel County Lakes state.

WHO warned of a "looming risk" of disease outbreaks following the mass population displacement, especially for water-borne diseases.

"The poor water, sanitation and hygiene conditions in the camps, coupled with a shortage of health workers, poses health risks to thousands of displaced persons in the UN camp bases," says Dr Abdi Aden Mohammed, WHO's Country Representative in South Sudan.

To minimize the risk of outbreaks, WHO is working closely with the South Sudanese health authorities and other health partners, including the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) medical team, to identify health workers in the camps for internally displaced persons (IDP) who can provide primary health care services, as well as support health education and promotion among all displaced persons. …

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