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South Sudan Health Cluster Bulletin 8, August 2018

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Cumulative analysis for the year 2018

  • Improving Health Access and Scaling up Responsiveness 20 mobile teams were deployed in hard to reach areas to conduct Inter-cluster Rapid Response Mechanisms- ICRM-RRM activities. 13 361 normal deliveries attended by skilled birth attendants. .

  • Emergency WASH in Health Facilities in Conflict Affected Locations 680 health workers trained on disease surveillance and outbreak response. 142 health workers trained on integrated health (WASH and Nutrition) response. 372 health facilities have functional incinerators.

  • Quality Essential Clinical Health Services 145 health workers trained on clinical management of rape. 230 sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) survivors referred to health facilities.

  • Improving Resilience- Mental Health Response 373 health workers trained on mental health and psychosocial support (MPHSS) in conflict affected areas.

Key Context Update

  • South Sudan is one of the four high-risk countries (Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda) prioritized by WHO to enhance preparedness and operational readiness based on the proximity to the outbreak area as well as the capacity to manage EVD outbreaks. The country is implementing a contingency plan to enhance EVD preparedness to mitigate the risk which includes screening at points of entry, mapping the Ebola treatment centre site and securing tents to allow rapid establishment of treatment centre in the event suspect EVD cases are detected.

  • To strengthen preparedness and response activities, the Ministry of Health with support from WHO, Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and other partners engaged in a series of strategic leadership and multi-sectoral response activities. These include the activation of multi-sectoral Ebola taskforce at all levels, advocacy with key leaders at the national level; donors; humanitarian partners; state and county level leadership and other stakeholders.

  • Health cluster partners are implementing a comprehensive response including case management, post exposure prophylaxis, dog curling, and awareness and community engagement to control the suspected rabies cases. Besides antirabies vaccines have been secured to support the response.