Aid workers flee death-prone Sudanese regions

human_sudanFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – INSECURITY has led to the postponement of projects humanitarian organisations had planned to reach thousands affected by numerous diseases and malnutrition in South Sudan.Apart from a raging civil war, diseases such as chicken pox, cholera,measles and severe acute malnutrition have gripped the world’s youngest country, with children most affected.The nutrition situation in the country remains dire as the peak lean season approaches.The security outlook across the country remains unstable, severely impacting sustained humanitarian access. Sixty humanitarian workers have been evacuated from northern Jonglei while 150 aid workers in eastern Upper Nile have recently been put on standby for evacuation due to fighting in the area.Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) missions have recently been postponed or cancelled due to the unstable security situation.Amid the conflict, cumulatively, 8 160 cases with 248 deaths have been reported since the outbreak began in June 2016.The case fatality rate in 2017 is the highest so far recorded compared to previous outbreaks, with case fatality rates previous outbreaks, with case fatality rates around 2,3 percent in 2014 and 2,6 per cent 2015.In May, 133 cases of measles have been reported, bringing the total number to 644 cases in 2017, with three deaths.The transmission of chicken pox also continues with 335 cases reported in the first three weeks of May.Cumulatively, 3 139 cases have been reported this year, mostly from internally displaced persons (IDP) sites.Countrywide, an estimated 5,5 million people are now food insecure, with malnutrition at critical levels in much of the landlocked northeastern African country.
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