MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

IOM proactively prevents illness at South Sudan displacement sites

IOM proactively prevents illness at South Sudan UN displacement sites | Courtesy of reliefweb.net
International Organization for Migration (IOM) health teams have been encouraging people living in the crowded displacement sites in South Sudan to practice preventive health care to avoid the spread of diseases.

These proactive measures include two cholera vaccination campaigns that helped 113,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). This two-round oral cholera vaccinations campaign involving IOM and its partners lasted from Aug. 13-16 and from Sept. 2-5. It was based in Malakal, Upper Nile State, at the U.N. protection of civilians site, and over 42,300 people received at least a single dose of the vaccine.

Taking preventive measures is crucial because there has been such an influx of IDPs in the area. An estimated 45,400 people need shelter at the site, making crowded living conditions even worse.

“These preventative efforts are particularly crucial as the country faces a number of water-borne disease outbreaks, only one of which is cholera,” Haley West, IOM South Sudan Migration Health Program coordinator, said. "With the start of the rainy season, IOM clinics have seen a more than doubling of confirmed malaria cases since mid-July.”

IOM clinics in Malakal, Bentiu and Renk, Upper Nile, offer diagnosis and treatment for malaria and other illnesses, including polio and measles.

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