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S. Sudan: Health Ministry, partners renew anti-Malaria fight

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March 19, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s Health Ministry, Malaria Consortium and other international partners have signed the Malaria programme review, renewing their commitment to fight the disease.

South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar holds a copy of the Malaria programme review agreement (Malaria Consortium)

Considered an in-depth assessment of South Sudan’s current National Malaria Control Programme, the review was conducted to assess goals, strategies and interventions needed to strengthen planning and resource mobilization to scale up malaria prevention and control in the young nation.

Earmarked over a one-year period, the Malaria programme review, will reportedly be used by the Health Ministry, with support from Malaria Consortium, to develop the Malaria Strategic Plan 2014-2018.

“The Malaria programme review is a key milestone for the now independent Republic of South Sudan and provides an opportunity for an increased commitment to malaria control across the country. We are very happy to continue our support and strong partnership with the Ministry of Health as they move closer to fulfilling the Abuja commitments,” said Ruth Allan, Malaria Consortium’s Country Director.

Malaria, official say, accounts for between 20% – 40% of all health facility visits in South Sudan, as well as 30% of all hospitals admissions. Currently, the disease is reportedly the leading cause of death in children under five in the country.

Harriet Pasquale, the ministry’s National Malaria Control Program Manager commended Malaria Consortium and other partners for their continued support in Malaria fight, describing the programme review as a “landmark in the re-orientation of the programme to effectively deal with malaria.”

She appealed to all partners in the country to join hands in order to “aggressively” eliminate malaria out of South Sudan.

The United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Refugee agency (UNHCR), UK Department for International Development (DIFID), US Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank and Population Service International (PSI), were among the other international partners that agreed on a comprehensive strategy to control Malaria in the country.

South Sudan Vice President, Riek Machar presided over the ceremony, organised by the Health Ministry in the capital, Juba. Machar signed the agreement on behalf of government.

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  • 20 March 2013 08:37, by Wen Majokweng

    south sudan health ministry should good discusion to thier people for better life,since anti-malaria became a dangerious disease to people of south sudan all.

    • 20 March 2013 16:02, by Tutbol

      It is imperative that the authorities just don’t sign all these partnerships with these drugs testing organisations giving their free health services to our people, without keep an eye on their organisations activities & their drugs. We all know very well that every whese these organisations offer their free services is where mysterious diseases like AIDS become prevalent. Just be abid careful.

      • 20 March 2013 16:16, by Tutbol

        People must be informed whether the drugs they are being given are on trial or have already been satisfied for use on humans. And the records of who is or the organisations adminstering the drugs must be kept incase something awry happens as a result of their drugs then they will be required to answer some questions. Malaria is not the most serious killer in our Sudd be we are used it.

        • 20 March 2013 16:26, by Tutbol

          ... Malaria is not the top serious killer in our swamps because we are used it.

    • 20 March 2013 18:45, by julia

      machar u re doing well but why don,t u go the village and teach u Nuer group with thick mind even stone is more brighter than them.
      They not understand the malaria prevention. If u tell them to destroy near by bushes, it is where they hide, drain stagnat water, this what they drink that Guiaen warm is common in Nuer land.this people very to be transform.



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