Red Cross volunteers fight cholera in South Sudan
Red Cross Red Crescent partners began the Movement Cholera Task Force right away.
“Refresher training was conducted for 50 volunteers as community mobilizers since they had already participated in the last year cholera campaign,” Yohanis Johnson, acting health manager for the South Sudan Red Cross, said. “The majority of the population in Juba is using water from the Nile on a daily basis, and so we're distributing water purification tablets to enable them to drink safe water and explaining to them how to prevent cholera by boiling water, using purification tablets and washing their hands using soap.”
This fast response to the outbreak includes South Sudan and other nearby areas that are more at risk for contracting cholera, including Greater Upper Nile and Torit.
“Our volunteers’ role is to motivate the adoption of appropriate behaviors to prevent cholera, but also to identify severe diarrhea cases in community and refer them to the cholera treatment centers in Juba,” Johnson said.
The cholera outbreak, which was officially declared as of June 23, 2015, has caused 34 deaths in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. As of today, there have been 724 cholera cases confirmed within 75 villages located in Juba County.