South Sudan crisis

Better access to health services for rural communities in South Sudan

3 April 2017 - WHO is supporting the Republic of South Sudan’s Ministry of Health and partners to roll-out a new approach to community health service delivery called the Boma Health Initiative.

WHO’s famine response plan in South Sudan

30 March 2017 - WHO and partners continue to scale up the response to reduce preventable deaths and diseases, and provide health services in famine-affected areas of South Sudan. Children are particularly vulnerable to malnourishment in times of famine. In Unity State, an estimated 270 000 children and 350 000 women are affected by severe acute malnutrition.


State of health in South Sudan

27 March 2017 - Ongoing conflict in South Sudan aggravates an already fragile socio-economic situation, affecting the overall health and livelihood situation further increasing the risk for communicable disease outbreaks and malnutrition. Humanitarian needs increased significantly over 2016. This was compounded in 2017 by the declaration of famine in Unity State, where 100 000 people face starvation and another 1 million are on the brink of famine.


WHO and partners strive to immunize over 3 million children against polio

3 March 2017 - Despite multiple humanitarian crises, including famine, the first round of the National Immunization Days of 2017 is underway throughout South Sudan aiming to reach over three million children under 5 with two drops of polio vaccine.

WHO delivering cholera kits to a clinic in South Sudan.

WHO continues to respond to cholera outbreak in South Sudan

14 February 2017 – To address the rising need to treat critically affected patients, WHO and partners have deployed rapid response teams with cholera kits that contain safe and effective oral cholera vaccines, which help contain the epidemic and treat those affected. Since the outbreak was first reported in June 2016 there have been 5006 cholera cases and 99 deaths.

Group discussion on the 2017 key planned activities during a review of South Sudan’s Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) system, February 2017.

WHO partners with South Sudan’s Government to strengthen disease surveillance and outbreak response to save lives

3 February 2017 - Given South Sudan’s increased vulnerability to disease outbreaks the levels of illness, disability and death are rising significantly. WHO with the Ministry of Health and partners reviewed South Sudan’s Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response system in an effort to improve future performance and save lives.

Dr Otim Patrick Cossy, making a presentation on identifying and reporting priority diseases during a lab personnel training organised by the Ministry of Health of South Sudan and supported by WHO.

WHO strengthens the capacity of labs in South Sudan

20 January 2017 – WHO supported the Ministry of Health to train lab personnel on lab diagnostic techniques and coordination to ensure timely and reliable identification of diseases and proper reporting. The training aimed to enhance lab operations and guide the decision-making processes by clinicians, public health specialists, and health policy makers.


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People in need

4.7 millionPeople in need of health services.

South Sudan crisis


110 millionUS$ 110 million needed for the health response.

South Sudan crisis donor update
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1.3 millionCases of malaria reported in 2016.

Multiple disease outbreaks in South Sudan


Health challenges and needs in South Sudan

Dr. Abdulmumini Usman, World Health Organization`s Country Representative in South Sudan explains key health challenges, WHO`s current activities and what specific needs could be met with further funding in the future.

Health kits



Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.


Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female mosquitoes.

Children waiting at a hospital in Ibanda, Uganda


Measles is a highly contagious viral disease, which affects mostly children. It is transmitted via droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons.