South Sudan crisis

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.

Participants of a review of cholera response in South Sudan posing for a group photo, Juba, South Sudan, November 2016.

WHO and partners work together to tackle cholera in South Sudan

24 November 2016 – South Sudan has reported more than 3000 cases of cholera since July. WHO and partners are supporting the Ministry of Health to prevent and respond to cholera.

Children receive polio vaccination drops during a house-to-house vaccination campaign in Awiel, South Sudan, November 2016.

Amidst insecurity, WHO and partners have reached an estimated 1.1 million South Sudanese children with oral polio vaccines

18 November 2016 – Despite the ongoing violence sweeping much of the country, the third round of the National Immunization Days of 2016 campaign is being implemented across South Sudan to ensure the continuation of immunization activities targeting more than 3.5 million children aged 0 – 59 months. The four-day campaign from 15 to 18 November 2016 was organized and led by the Ministry of Health with support from WHO and UNICEF.

Urgent medicines and supplies are being prepared for road dispatch, Yei River State, South Sudan, November 2016.

WHO delivers lifesaving medicines and supplies to displaced people in Yei River State, South Sudan

16 November 2016 – WHO delivered lifesaving supplies to assist thousands of women and children in Yei River State, one of South Sudan’s states most affected by conflict. The lifesaving health supplies will benefit more than 30 000 people living in areas affected by conflict in parts of Logo and Kirkwa in Yei River State for the next three months.


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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.