TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015

WHO calls for funding for health initiatives in South Sudan

The World Health Organization announced on Tuesday that the humanitarian situation in South Sudan is worsening and is calling for donor agencies to provide funding to health partners to maintain access to health care services.

Since violence began in South Sudan on December 15, 2013, there has been a huge displacement in the population, critically affecting access to health care in the country. In South Sudan, 195,416 persons are displaced because of the violence.

Some of the persons who fled their local villages to survive are health care workers, leaving hospitals unable to function and persons in need of medical treatment without resources. The WHO warns that this displacement and the lack of access to health care and clean water produces a high risk of disease outbreaks in South Sudan.

"The poor water, sanitation and hygiene conditions in the camps, coupled with a shortage of health workers/healthcare providers, poses health risks to thousands of displaced persons in the U.N. camp bases," WHO Country Representative in South Sudan Dr. Abdi Aden Mohammed said. "Coupled with poor water and sanitation conditions, overcrowding in the camps may create conditions ripe for disease outbreaks."

The WHO is working closely with health partners and health authorities in the area, including the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan medical team. The partners are working together to provide basic health care services and health education to displaced persons in need, such as pregnant women, trauma victims and persons with underlying medical conditions.

The WHO is asking donor agencies to provide funding for health partners to ensure access to health care in the country.