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Sudan Health Highlights: A bi-monthly bulletin of WHO Sudan’s Emergency Preparedness and Humanitarian Action (EHA) Weeks 22-23 of 2013 | 1-14 June 2013

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Overall security situation in North Darfur remained tense especially in Jebel Amir crisis-affected areas namely Elseraif town, Kebkabiya and Saraf Omra. As results of the inter-tribal conflict that first erupted early this year, deaths and injuries were reported from Elseraif Hospital. In addition, cases of suspected acute jaundice syndrome (AJS) and Measles were from Elseraif area. The Health Sector has been looking into the situation and has initiated providing support to health services in Jebel Amir. During the week, shipment of medicines and supplies to Elseraif was the Sector’s main concern.

Due to conflicts around Nyala town in South Darfur, there has been an influx of ‘new’ internally displaced persons. Some of the IDPs were settling in temporary shelters while others were squatting in public areas around Nyala. With the onset of the rainy season, South Darfur’s health partners were alerted on damaging effects of environmental health issues such as open defecation and lack of potable water.

In Red Sea State, dengue fever outbreak was reported in the localities of Swakin and Port Sudan with 34 suspected cases. Together with the State Ministry of Health (SMoH), WHO and partners immediately responded to the outbreak by strengthen the disease surveillance system, supported vector control campaigns in affected areas, trained medical staff on proper case management and conduction of health promotion campaigns. In addition, WHO and SMoH completed the mapping of 321 sentinel sites in three eastern states to strengthen East Sudan’s communicable disease surveillance system.