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South Sudan: Cholera admissions decrease in the South

Cholera admissions are falling in the Torit region of Eastern Equatoria State in the south of South Sudan, where MSF rapidly set up a cholera project at the end of June.

That project alone has treated almost 1400 people, and since April this year MSF has overall treated almost half of the 5,561 cases of cholera reported countrywide.

Amidst conflict and malnutrition

Cholera is not unusual in South Sudan, but this outbreak comes amidst an ongoing conflict that has regularly targeted aid workers and healthcare structures, and a worrying spike in malnutrition cases in some, but not all, MSF projects. 

A view of the inpatient department in MSF's cholera treatment centre in Gudele 2, Juba, South Sudan.

Vulnerable population

“This intervention in the Torit region is now thankfully seeing falling numbers of cholera admissions, meaning we can redeploy staff to meet other urgent needs in the country,” said MSF Head of Mission Brian Moller.

"MSF continues to work where outbreaks have been confirmed, and remains vigilant for further outbreaks elsewhere in the country too.”

Cholera vaccination campaigns

MSF, together with the South Sudanese Ministry of Health, has also conducted oral cholera vaccination campaigns in displacement camps in towns of Minkaman, Malakal, Bor and Bentiu.

Emergency medical coordinator Sophie Sabatier, who runs the Gudele 2 cholera treatment centre, checks up on a cholera patient and his family.

The international medical humanitarian organisation has conducted a further oral cholera vaccination with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health in a refugee camp receiving hundreds of South Sudanese refugees daily in the Gambella region of neighbouring Ethiopia.

MSF in South Sudan

MSF has been providing medical humanitarian assistance in what is now South Sudan for over 30 years.

After fighting broke out in Juba last December and then spread to several other states, MSF increased its capacity to rapidly respond to emergency medical needs in the country.

MSF medical teams now work in 22 projects in 9 of the 10 states in South Sudan, providing a range of services including primary and secondary healthcare, nutritional support, surgery, vaccinations, and water and sanitation support.

Find out more about MSF's work in South Sudan