Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Cholera in South Sudan

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Cholera in South Sudan

Article excerpt

A vaccination campaign got under way last month in South Sudan to stop a deadly outbreak of cholera.

The health ministry, with support from WHO and other partners, has been ramping up disease surveillance, treatment and prevention efforts since July, when the cholera outbreak was confirmed.

The campaign aims to reach more than 14 000 people with the oral cholera vaccine in the high risk areas of Juba county in the conflict-torn country, as it faces one of the world's most severe humanitarian emergencies.

A national cholera taskforce is coordinating efforts to stop the spread of the disease.

It includes the health ministry, WHO, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and other health and water, sanitation and hygiene organizations that are part of the United Nations humanitarian cluster system.

Cholera treatment centres have been set up at Juba Teaching Hospital and United Nations House civilian protection site by MSF, the health ministry and WHO; and 13 oral rehydration points have been established in Juba by Health Link South Sudan with support from partners including WHO to improve access to timely rehydration. …

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