High-level delegation visits Sudan to support Ebola preparedness

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Today a high level delegation, comprised by the South Sudan Ministry of Health (Undersecretary), Ambassadors from Donor countries (UK, US, EU, Japan)heads of UN agencies (WHO, OCHA, UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM, WFP; and UNMISS represented by the DSRSG for Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Coordinator Mr. Alain Noudehou) and international NGOs, visted Yei, to talk to local authorities and to understand the challenges of preparedness and responses for Ebola. The mission's objectives are to reassure the local authorities of the continued support of the development partners and the one UN in South Sudan, to secure the sustained commitment of the local authorities to the EVD preparedness efforts, to better understand the operating environment, the key achievements and potential gaps in the field of EVD preparedness activities, and to further motivate the field teams. During the course of the visit, UNHCR donated Ambulance and two off road motorbikes.r

A high level delegation arrived in Yei, South Sudan to support against the spread of Ebola to the Central Equatorial region.

Yei, is one of the hardest-hit by the devastating conflict that has plagued the country for 6 years.

“Because of Ebola, once again Yei is at the frontlines of a new battle and really, in many ways, because of this Ebola threat, it is the most important place in South Sudan right now. This is the place where we are most worried about what might happen here”, said United States Ambassador to South Sudan, Thomas Hushek.

Because of Ebola, once again Yei is at the frontlines of a new battle and really, in many ways, because of this Ebola threat.

The deadly Ebola viral disease is causing great pain across the border in the Democratic Republic of Congo, education is the most significant tool for communities.

Makur Kariom is Undersecretary for Health in South Sudan.

“In South Sudan, particularly, it is very important in the sense that we have a communal way of living that encourages the spread of disease through interaction between members of the family, for example, during the burial in some communities the disease may be kept for days and people dance around the body and touch and kiss the corpse and I think, in the case of Ebola, that will be a dangerous thing to do. So, the involvement of the community, educating them into taking ownership of the measures that are required to prevent the spread of the disease is quite important”, Kariom said.

Many countries have donated funds to battle Ebola in South Sudan.

But despite the generosity, an additional $14 million is needed to prevent and adequately prepare for the spread of Ebola to a country still reeling from war and working desperately to build a more peaceful and prosperous future for its people.

Hauwa Mustapha