MSF, UNICEF conduct mass malaria treatment campaign in South Sudan
The teams estimate that they have treated approximately 4,000 malaria patients each week of the campaign, amounting to a 43-fold increase compared to the numbers from the start of 2015. The patients travel to the team’s health care facilities that are located within the U.N.-protected civilians camp (PoC) based in Bentiu, South Sudan.
“The malaria outbreak in the Bentiu camp is unprecedented in scope and has been claiming the lives of far too many children,” Vanessa Cramond, MSF medical coordinator in Bentiu, said. “With the escalating morbidity and mortality witnessed in the under-five population, it was evident another response strategy was needed to reach those most at risk of death.”
The teams traveled from shelter to shelter to find children who were less than five years old and who had malaria symptoms. In total, an estimated 30,000 children were assessed for suspected malaria, and 16,118 of these children received treatment. More than 210 community health care workers joined the campaign.
“Our goal with this emergency response has been to provide early access to malaria treatment to the most vulnerable segment of the population — children under five years old — before their condition deteriorates to the point that their lives are placed in serious jeopardy," Cramond said.