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1 million children refugees from South Sudan's civil war

More than 1m children have fled South Sudan’s civil war, two UN agencies said on Monday, part of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Roughly 62% of refugees from South Sudan are children, according to the UN, and more than 75,000 are alone or without families, about 1.8m have fled South Sudan in total

May 8, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Cholera still on the rise in Darfur, resurging in eastern Sudan

Five people died of cholera in Kabkabiya in North Darfur on Monday and Tuesday, while the total number of cases in the isolation centre on Wednesday rose to 33. An activist in Radio Dabanga`s voluntary work reported the deaths of five cases, one of which died at Kabkabiya hospital. Three more died at the El Matar camp in Kabkabiya on Tuesday, while one died on Monday evening at the peace camp

July 27, 2017
Radio Dabanga
July 28, 2017
Relief Web International

WHO enhances cholera response in S. Sudan as death toll rises to 320

The WHO said it is working with South Sudan`s health ministry and partners to scale up use of oral cholera vaccines and strengthen strategies for improving access to patient care, surveillance and social mobilization to combat outbreaks. The UN health agency said a total of 17,785 cholera cases including 320 deaths have been reported from 24 counties in South Sudan since the outbreak was reported in June 2016

July 21, 2017
July 20, 2017
South Sudan News Agency

Cholera kills more than 60 people in South Sudan

A cholera outbreak in South Sudan’s Namurunynag State in Eastern Equatoria has killed more than 60 people in one month, local Governor Louse Lobong Lojore said. The governor and the Health minister, Dr Riek Gai Kok, appeared before lawmakers in Juba to explain how 16 children died in Kapoeta town after they were vaccinated against measles last month

June 28, 2017
Daily Nation

Cholera spreads to East Darfur refugee camp

The first cases of cholera have appeared in a South Sudanese refugee camp and a village in East Darfur, as five people reportedly died and more than 100 were infected. Sheikhs in Kriu refugee camp for South Sudanese people, 35 km south of Ed Daein city, reported the deaths of three refugees from cholera. 61 people have been infected. Within a week, the first reports of the spread of cholera in Shangil Tobaya in North Darfur have been accompanied by reports of infections in South Darfur (Kalma camp) and East Darfur

June 27, 2017
Dabanga, allafrica

Red Cross official warns of cholera, famine risks in East Africa, Yemen

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned United Nation member states that outbreaks of cholera are compounding famine risk in East Africa and Yemen. According to IFRC figures, Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan are now grappling with escalating cholera outbreaks that have infected more than 220,000 people and killed nearly 2,100 people since the beginning of 2017. In Yemen alone, more than 166,000 cases have been reported since the end of April, a figure that is climbing by an average of 6,000 cases every day, IFRC said. In Somalia, there have been more than 51,000 cholera cases and nearly 5,000 in South Sudan

June 26, 2017

Cholera cases in North Darfur, Khartoum, eastern Sudan

The cholera epidemic that has claimed hundreds of lives throughout Sudan`s Nile valley has now spread to North Darfur. Nine people have reportedly died and about 82 others have been infected with cholera over the last four days at camp Naivasha in Shangil Tobaya locality, North Darfur. The former director of Nahar Medical and Health Organisation working in the area, Abdallah Rasheed, reported that on Wednesday, 47 patients, including four children, were suffering from acute watery diarrhoea and vomiting - characteristic symptoms of cholera

June 23, 2017
June 22, 2017
AllAfrica, Dabanga

Sudanese doctors in UK urge Khartoum to declare cholera, take action themselves

The UK-Ireland section of the Sudanese Doctors` Union has called on Khartoum to officially declare the outbreak of cholera and activate the disaster protocols. The Union itself is taking actions to help contain the rapid spread of the epidemic. In an interview with Radio Dabanga, Sarah Abdeljaleel, Media Secretary of the Sudanese Doctors` Union in the UK and Ireland, said that "Urgent intervention is needed to stop the growing number of cholera deaths and infections among the people in Sudan.” "The collapse of the health services in the country requires intervention by international organizations to help eradicating the epidemic, and that can only be done if the government officially declares the cholera outbreak," the doctor said

June 19, 2017
Dabanga, allafrica

Calls for Sudan to declare a cholera epidemic

The Sudanese opposition group, the Popular Congress Party (PCP), has called on the Sudanese prime minister to officially declare that the country is suffering from a cholera epidemic, local news outlets reported. Despite some 292 deaths and 14,659 infections since August 2016, the Sudanese government insist that affected patients suffered from an acute form of “watery diarrhoea” and not cholera

June 13, 2017
Middle East Monitor, Allafrica, Dabanga

Sudan Bans the Word Cholera, Despite 15,000 Infections

Sudan`s Ministry of Health has been suppressing reporting on an epidemic of cholera for the last month, arresting those who try to raise awareness of the disease. The UN cannot officially refer to the outbreak as cholera due to a lack of official testing and is currently reporting the disease as "acute water diarrhoea" (AWD), it has emerged. On 1 June, Sudan`s health minister, Bahr Idriss Abu Garda, told parliament that 292 people had died of AWD and 14,659 people were reported infected between August 2016 and May 2017. Yet the government appears more concerned in fighting the reporting of the epidemic than the cause of the disease itself

June 13, 2017

Pressure on Sudan government as cholera advances on Khartoum

The Sudanese Doctors Union and the National Epidemiological Corporation have called on the government to declare a state of health emergency in the areas stricken by the cholera epidemic, and request the World Health Organisation to intervene and provide material and in-kind support to fight the spread of the disease. After first appearing in Blue Nile state 10 months ago, the disease that spread throughout the Nile has now also spread to Khartoum state, threatening the densely populated areas of the national capital, despite attempts by the Health Ministry to hide the facts and reduce the scale of the disaster

June 8, 2017
Dabanga, AllAfrica

Letter from Africa: Sudan's rulers 'shirking action on cholera'

Yousra Elbagir criticises the Sudanese government`s failure to get to grips with a cholera outbreak, which after 10 months, Sudan`s Ministry of Health has finally confirmed that there have been 265 deaths and more than 16,000 infected cases of "acute watery diarrhoea" in 11 of the country`s 18 states. The Federal Minister of Health, Bahar Abu Garda, told parliament that cases of "watery diarrhoea" were not his business - shifting blame to the Ministry of Water Resources and State Ministers

June 7, 2017

Cholera kills 248 in South Sudan - UN

At least 248 people have died from a cholera outbreak across 19 counties in South Sudan since the initial outbreak was reported in June last year, the UN said. OCHA said that as of May 15th there have been 8,160 cholera cases since that initial case last year. Nine out of the 19 counties affected by the cholera outbreak since last June have reported cholera cases in the last four weeks and are considered to have active transmission of the disease

May 29, 2017

25 cases of cholera reported at Kakuma Refugee Camp

There were further reports of the outbreak of cholera in Kakuma Refugee Camp where 25 cases have been confirmed. Those affected are mainly refugees from the Dinka community who recently streamed in from South Sudan as a result of tensions in the country. Kakuma Camp is home to 169,203 refugees out of whom 90,446 are from South Sudan

May 29, 2017
Standard Media

Cholera kills dozens in west Sudan

A cholera epidemic in Sudan’s White Nile has reportedly killed 62 people and infected almost 1,800, since the first cases were recorded last month, so, activists protested in front of the federal health ministry in the capital Khartoum, demanding the government declare the outbreak an epidemic in those areas and respond effectively

May 26, 2017
Journal du Cameroun, Reliefweb International

Four die from cholera, dozens of new cases in Sudan’s White Nile

Four people died from cholera Thursday and Friday and dozens of new cases have been recorded in the White Nile state of Sudan, all the while, Sudanese government officials remain silent. The situation is getting out of control as the number of people infected is rapidly increasing in the areas of El Gezira, Aba, Kosti and Rabak, a civil society organization official on the ground told Radio Dabanga

May 14, 2017
Radio Dabanga, AllAfrica.com

Harrowing images of deadly cholera outbreak sweeping through South Sudan's crowded refugee camps...

A deadly outbreak of cholera has killed hundreds of people fleeing conflict in South Sudan. The country’s Ministry of Health has recorded more than 7,000 cases of cholera, and at least 29 deaths due to the disease. Children and young adults under 30 years old are the worst affected, accounting for more than 70% of the cases

May 2, 2017
International Business Times
April 27, 2017
Radio Dabanga

Cholera and famine strike Somalia and South Sudan

Caritas said there has been a massive influx of people into the region of Gedo in south central Somalia, most of whom are fleeing drought. This has led to high levels of hunger in the area and the assistance available is not enough to keep up with need. So doctors are facing high levels of malnutrition, which is then compounded by reduced access to water, adding indirectly to malnutrition by increasing the risk of infection, especially acute watery diarrhoea and cholera

April 28, 2017

Sudan: Haemorrhagic Fever Outbreak Feared in Sudan's Red Sea State

Tokar hospital in Sudan’s Red Sea state has received dozens of people complaining of symptoms, which some suspect might be haemorrhagic fever, a diagnosis refuted by local authorities. The health commissioner said that 82 people have been infected with these fevers but these are normal levels during the summer months

April 27, 2017
allafrica.com, Radio Dabanga

OMS: Sudán del Sur registra casi 400.000 nuevos casos de malaria en cuatro meses

WHO said that there have been 391,000 new cases of malaria with 19 deaths in South Sudan since the start of the year

April 25, 2017

Sudan: New Cholera Cases in El Gedaref, Eastern Sudan

A source told Radio Dabanga that five new cases of cholera were registered on Wednesday and Thursday. Fifteen patients who entered the wards at the El Gireisha hospital were discharged after recovery. The El Mahala isolation ward in eastern El Gallabat received a new cholera patient from El Zureiga. The ward saw 20 new cases last week

April 25, 2017
Africa News
April 21, 2017
Radio Dabanga

‘Watery diarrhoea’ hits hundreds in Sudan’s White Nile

A watery diarrhoea outbreak has hit hundreds in the Um Jar area of Sudan’s White Nile state. Health coordinators in Um Jar confirmed about 900 people have been affected. They added that the centre is in dire need of Flagyl drips and Sandostin injections. The medicines would be too expensive for many patients as one drip or an injection costs $7. The most affected villages are Arafa, Andalus, Mabrouka and El Hasnab

April 23, 2017
Radio Dabanga, AllAfrica.com, The African.info

Cholera kills 172 in South Sudan: UN

At least 172 people have died from cholera across 14 counties of South Sudan since the initial outbreak was reported in June last year, according to the UN. OCHA said that as of April 14th 6,222 cholera cases had been reported since the start on June 18th 2016. There are now real concerns the outbreak will intensify and spread during the upcoming rainy season due to continued conflict, displacement and inadequate access to clean water and sanitation

April 21, 2017
April 20, 2017
China.org, Daily Times
April 21, 2017
Africa News
April 20, 2017
PMNews Nigeria
April 21, 2017

Sudan: Cholera Patient Dies, 42 New Cases in Eastern Sudan

Another cholera patient died in El Gedaref in Sudan and 42 new cases were recorded in various parts of the eastern Sudanese state. The victim was from the area of Madardama in West El Gallabat. Four new cases were recorded in the same area and eight other new patients were recorded in Sabouni, while the Mahala isolation district in East El Dallabat saw 10 new cases from Um Seneibra (

April 18, 2017
Africa News
April 17, 2017
Radio Dabanga, AllAfrica.com

Cholera continues to kill victims in Sudan

Authorities in the state of Jonglei, South Sudan, said that they can confirm 200 new cases of cholera and 28 deaths since this outbreak was declared in February. Most of those cases were of people from fishing vilages along the Nile and from rural communities

April 7, 2017
China.org, Africa Review

World facing gravest humanitarian crisis since 1945

The Financial Times reported on the UN announcement that the world is facing its biggest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War, with 20m people facing starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria

March 11, 2017
Financial Times, ABC.net
March 10, 2017
Voice of America, AlJazeera

Cholera reaches South Sudan's second-largest city, UN says

The UN says South Sudan’s cholera outbreak has reached the country’s second-largest city, as the number of cases nationwide rises beyond 5,500

March 10, 2017

Cholera on the rise in famine-hit South Sudan

As tens of thousands of people flee from famine and conflict, aid organizations say more than 100 people have died from cholera over the last six month. Health workers say ‘they are facing difficulty getting access to those who are sick’

March 2, 2017
AlJazeera, Radio Dabanga

Non communicable diseases

More than 100 million at risk of starvation globally - U.N. official

The number of people facing severe hunger worldwide has surpassed 100m and will grow if humanitarian aid is not paired with more support for farmers, a UN official told Reuters Africa

March 4, 2017

Somalia says 110 dead in last 48 hours due to drought

Some 100 people have died in southern Somalia in the last two days from famine and diarrhea resulting from drought, as the area braces itself for a widespread shortage of food

March 4, 2017

Health systems

Mothers and babies at risk amid critical midwives' shortage in South Sudan

The number of midwives in South Sudan has risen to more than 400 from an estimated eight when the country became independent in 2011, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Still, less than 10 percent of women giving birth in South Sudan receive the help they need to give birth safely, according to UNFPA. More midwives are needed to be able to reach pregnant women in remote areas, so they do not have to walk for hours to get looked after

June 23, 2017

Medics and school staff forcibly recruited in South Sudan's war

Staff working in South Sudan`s health centres and schools have been forcibly recruited by armed groups, causing facilities to close, the United Nations said, as it struggles to provide aid in one of the world`s most dangerous war zones. More than 250 aid workers have been relocated because of fighting this year, almost double the number during the same period in 2016, it said. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said at least 14 community volunteers and health workers had reportedly been forcibly recruited by armed groups in Guit county, in the country`s north, as of June 6

June 13, 2017

China donates anti-malaria medicine to South Sudan

China donated half a million boxes of anti-malaria medicine to South Sudan to help the East African nation fight the deadly parasitic disease. The donation worth 750,000 U.S. dollars, included tablets and injection doses for adults and children as well as syringes and is designed to benefit 400,000 people across South Sudan

June 4, 2017

Südsudan vor dem Kollaps

Fears on the ground are growing that any form of legitimate governmental authority is starting to break down. Kate Almquist, director of the Washington African Center for Strategic Studies, and her colleague, former coordinator of the UN expert panel for South Sudan, Payton Knopf, see the situation as critical, and are floating the idea of placing South Sudan under an international administration as quickly as possible. They fear that the actions of the predatory elite in South Sudan will end up with half the population either dead or fleeing abroad if action is not taken soon

May 3, 2017
Frankfurter Rundschau

Hospitals in South Sudan running out of drugs as crisis worsens

South Sudan is experiencing a severe shortage of drugs as a consequence of the civil war raging in the country since 2013 and the government’s shortage of funds. A doctor at the Juba Teaching Hospital said there was a shortage of essential items like cotton swabs, normal saline solution, syringes and antiseptics and this endangered many lives  

April 17, 2017
Daily Sabah
April 16, 2017
The Peninsular

Every year, Nigerians ‘spend $1bn’ on medical treatment abroad

Health experts in Nigeria said manpower, lack of facilities, literacy level, poverty, a lack of access to infrastructure and quality and safety issues all combine to undermine confidence in the country’s health system leading to those ‘with the financial resources’ and many policy makers to choose to seek medical treatment abroad. These experts said it was high-time Nigeria upgraded its healthcare skills base as a nation and it needed to sort out government policies which were confusing and often counterproductive

April 14, 2017
Cable Nigeria

Communicable diseases

Botched anti-measles campaign kills 15 children in South Sudan

At least 15 died in South Sudan in early May after health workers vaccinating them against measles used the same syringe without sterilizing it, the health minister said, about 300 children were vaccinated on May 2-5 in Nacholdokopele village in Eastern Equatoria state, another 32 recovered after falling ill with symptoms which included fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. The team that vaccinated the children in this tragic event were neither qualified no trained for the immunization campaign, the minister said

June 2, 2017
Reuters, BBC, New York Times

Charity warns S.Sudan 'man-made' famine could kill 6 million

The famine ravaging South Sudan and its neighbours could claim six million lives, a charity warned, as the international community struggles to raise the $4.4bn needed to avert a full-blown disaster. Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa said the chaotic international response to the situation was threatening the lives of millions

May 5, 2017
New Vision

Risk of mass starvation rising rapidly in Africa and Yemen - UNHCR

The UNHCR said it was raising its alarm level over the risk of 20 million people in East Africa facing famine higher than it was in February, when the call for international aid began. In South Sudan a further 1 million are on the brink of famine. Acute malnutrition rates are already very high, if you don’t help with worsening nutrition rates people die. In some places like north eastern Nigeria aid workers previously had zero access, due to Boko Haram militants. Now access is opening up and aid workers are going in they are discovering more need of an extreme nature and the risk of famine is rising further still

April 11, 2017