South Sudan crisis

WHO and partners improve maternal and child health in South Sudan

29 November 2017 - At 789 deaths per 100 000 live births, South Sudan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. To improve the health and well-being of mothers and children, WHO with support from the Government of Canada strengthens the emergency obstetric care services through establishment of six fully equipped maternity complexes.


Training healthcare workers to manage priority diseases

13 November 2017 – The worsening security situation in South Sudan, along with increased population movement, and reduced health system functionality, have led to an increased risk and vulnerability to more frequent disease outbreaks. A new training for healthcare workers in South Sudan will help to detect and manage diseases at facility and community level, which is critical for containing outbreaks.

Oral Cholera Vaccination campaign to combat cholera in South Sudan concludes despite security and access challenges

16 August 2017 – The first round of an Oral Cholera Vaccination campaign in South Sudan has successfully concluded, despite security and access challenges in some areas. The campaign aims to reach over 500 000 people across 4 counties. To ensure that the vaccine is effective in protecting these communities against cholera a second round of the campaign will take place after the recommended 14 days.


Protecting children from vaccine preventable diseases

30 July 2017 – Despite the ongoing crisis, WHO with the Ministry of Health of South Sudan are expanding immunization services and continuing disease surveillance across the country. Over 123 health workers from all states in South Sudan were included in a recent training to support the upcoming polio, measles and meningitis vaccination campaigns. The participants were also taught how to use a new mobile data collection tool for disease surveillance.


WHO scales up cholera response with 500 000 doses of oral cholera vaccine

19 July 2017 - WHO is working with the Republic of South Sudan’s Ministry of Health and partners to scale up cholera response through a vaccination campaign. South Sudan has received 500 000 doses of oral cholera vaccine from the International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision to implement a planned vaccination campaign, scheduled to take place in 4 selected counties with active cholera transmission from 28 July to 3 August 2017.


Situation and response

Woman carying her child in her arms, Northern Bahr El Ghazal State, South Sudan, 2011.

South Sudan is dealing with several complex health emergencies, including famine, conflict and disease outbreaks. Some 6 million people are at risk of starvation.


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.

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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.