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Coronavirus – South Sudan: Changing Minds is Changing the Future

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Changing Minds is Changing the Future

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JUBA, South Sudan -- “I questioned myself, “If this happened to my daughter how would I react?” I hope that she has a better future and doesn’t suffer how I have.” Lasuba chimed in. Over the radio, you hear Fadul say, “That boy is young, and my daughter is young too, how can they get married at that age? Do you know the dangers associated with marrying at a younger age?” We are listening to a radio drama about child marriage and that is the sound of positive parenting from a father that just found out his teenage daughter has an unplanned pregnancy. Fadul’s character is narrated by Lasuba Memo - who happens to be a father himself of a 12-year-old girl. “I took this role immediately because I fell in love with this character who made me reflect on my childhood and what I want for my daught...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: UNMISS donates ambulance to COVID-19 task force in Kodok, Upper Nile State

Coronavirus – South Sudan: UNMISS donates ambulance to COVID-19 task force in Kodok, Upper Nile State

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JUBA, South Sudan, August 22, 2020/ -- The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has handed over a vehicle to the COVID-19 task force committee in Kodok in Upper Nile State. It will be used as an ambulance and will facilitate the movement of local health workers. “This car will help us and our citizens in in a big way. Without a vehicle, it has been difficult for us to manage emergency cases here,” said Olao Alwong, director general at the ministry of health in the now defunct Fashoda State. While no infections have been recorded in the Fashoda-Kodok area, the strategic location of the place makes local authorities nervous about what might come. “We are near Malakal [the second biggest city of South Sudan] and they have cases of COVID-19. We also have many traders coming here fro...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Women in Northern Bahr-El-Ghazal Region call for stipulated 35 per cent Political Representation

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Women in Northern Bahr-El-Ghazal Region call for stipulated 35 per cent Political Representation

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JUBA, South Sudan, August 8, 2020/ -- Women in Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal State call for the implementation of 35 per cent political representation, as stipulated in the revitalized peace agreement signed in September 2018, in the next state government. “The agreed quota of women should appear at all levels of the next government,” says a female representative, Rejina Daud. “As women we have rights to participate in decision making. We want our share of the judiciary, the courts and among chiefs.” Ms. Daud was speaking at a political forum in Aweil town, facilitated by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. At the gathering of six women and forty men, ways to achieve the provisions of the revitalized peace agreement were discussed.“The return to Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal as one state is...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Civil society, political stakeholders, community leaders in Western Bahr el Ghazal attend UNMISS-organized peace forum, find ways to work together despite COVID-19

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Civil society, political stakeholders, community leaders in Western Bahr el Ghazal attend UNMISS-organized peace forum, find ways to work together despite COVID-19

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JUBA, South Sudan, August 4, 2020/ -- Keeping up momentum regarding the ongoing peace process in South Sudan despite nation-wide COVID-19 restrictions was at the heart of a recent day-long event organized by UNMISS Civil Affairs in Western Bahr el Ghazal. The forum aimed at widening engagement with and understanding of the Revitalized Peace Agreement by political stakeholders, including representatives of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in Opposition (SPLM-IO), religious and community leaders as well as civil society actors in the region. Participants agreed on developing communication modalities that would help them continue to work together for the cause of sustainable peace. These included technology-based options such as usin...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: With EU support, WHO enhances standard infection prevention and control practices in laboratories to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in South Sudan

Coronavirus – South Sudan: With EU support, WHO enhances standard infection prevention and control practices in laboratories to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in South Sudan

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JUBA, South Sudan, July 30, 2020/ -- Over 50 health workers in Juba have been trained this past week with the aim to enhance standard infection prevention and control practices in laboratories and reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection and other infectious diseases. With funding from the European Union (EU), the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the South Sudan Ministry of Health has trained laboratory experts on principles of COVID-19 infection prevention and control (IPC) measures in the laboratory. The training emphasized imparting competencies on universal precautions and safe handling, segregation, disinfection and disposal of infectious and hazardous laboratory waste. The trainees were also oriented on the current WHO IPC guidelines for managing COVID-19 sample...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Female prisoners in Wau receive medicines, hygiene kits thanks to UNMISS peacekeepers from Bangladesh

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Female prisoners in Wau receive medicines, hygiene kits thanks to UNMISS peacekeepers from Bangladesh

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JUBA, South Sudan, July 28, 2020/ -- In Western Bahr El Ghazal, UNMISS peacekeepers have taken the motto of leaving no one behind to heart as they continuously support the national-led COVID-19 response.Ever since the pandemic began, cramped conditions in prisons have been a worldwide concern, in light of the fact that physical distancing is one of the most important protective measures approved by the World Health Organization, along with wearing facemasks, frequently washing hands and so forth.In an effort to alleviate health concerns in Wau Central Prison, UNMISS peacekeepers from Bangladesh recently handed over assorted medications, facemasks, soaps, sanitary napkins and clothes to the female wing of the prison.“UNMISS peacekeepers conducted a detailed sensitization among female inmat...
TECHNOLOGY: South Sudan: Preserving Economic Progress in the Face of COVID-19

TECHNOLOGY: South Sudan: Preserving Economic Progress in the Face of COVID-19

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South Sudan, set to capitalize on renewed peace, has pegged 2020 as a year of stability and economic growth, underpinned by the country’s revived oil and gas sectorCAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 27, 2020/ -- Amid COVID-19, South Sudan shows the world it is open for business and committed to economic prosperity and inclusive growth; South Sudan hosted a webinar organized by the African Energy Chamber and Africa Oil and Power (http://www.AfricaOilandPower.com) that focused on economic impacts, sanctions and economic/developmental progress; Africa Oil & Power also launched the Africa Energy Series Special Report: South Sudan 2020, which highlights the country’s drive to increase oil production as well as regional synergies and local content.South Sudan, set to capitalize on renewed peace,...
Coronavirus: UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report mid-year Jan-Jun 2020

Coronavirus: UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report mid-year Jan-Jun 2020

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JUBA, South Sudan, July 25, 2020/ -- Highlights As of 28 June, a cumulative total of 1,989 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 36 deaths had been recorded with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 1.8 per cent. UNICEF continues to support risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) as well as the infection prevention and control (IPC) interventions.Download Report: https://bit.ly/32LI8kyOver 4.5 million people in the target population have been reached with COVID-19 prevention and control messages through inter-personal and mass communication methods since the beginning of the response.From January to June 2020, a total of 102,237 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) were treated in inpatient and outpatient therapeutic programs. The performance indicators of SAM treatment w...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: UAE Sends Medical Aid to South Sudan in Fight against COVID-19

Coronavirus – South Sudan: UAE Sends Medical Aid to South Sudan in Fight against COVID-19

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, July 21, 2020/ -- The UAE yesterday sent an aid plane carrying 7.5 metric tons of medical supplies and testing kits to South Sudan. This aid will assist approximately 7,500 medical professionals as they work to contain the virus while bolstering efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.His Excellency Mohamed Salem Ahmed Mosaad Al Rashdi, UAE Ambassador to Ethiopia and Non-Resident Ambassador to South Sudan, said: “The UAE attaches great importance to diversifying and expanding its relations with all friendly countries based on the principles of trust, mutual respect, and cooperation to serve the efforts of development, progress, security and peace.""The dispatch of medical assistance to South Sudan today comes as part of the support and protection of medi...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Upper Nile task force and partners help raise COVID-19 awareness and distribute face masks

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Upper Nile task force and partners help raise COVID-19 awareness and distribute face masks

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JUBA, South Sudan, July 19, 2020 --The Upper Nile State task force on COVID-19, supported by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and other partners, has been raising awareness about how to prevent the disease. Hundreds of face masks have also been distributed. “We have learned a lot on how to avoid becoming infected by the Coronavirus. Now I will use this knowledge to make others in my community aware,” says James Akouch Adwok, a community leader in the UN protection of civilians site in Malakal, mentioning the importance of hand washing, physical distancing and wearing a face mask in crowded areas that cannot be avoided. The state task force and the World Health Organization, WHO, consider leaders within the protection site to be vital partners when it comes to reaching out t...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: United Nations in Torit launches COVID-19 campaign to protect community policing members

Coronavirus – South Sudan: United Nations in Torit launches COVID-19 campaign to protect community policing members

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JUBA, South Sudan, July 15, 2020/ -- Fear of contracting COVID-19, combined with a lack of protective gear, has put an end to patrols conducted by Police Community Relations Committees in Eastern Equatoria State. The resulting void has been filled by robbers, but now a UN-led campaign aims to revive patrolling practices to keep citizens safe. “The grass has grown tall, and a lack of day and night community policing patrols has encouraged criminals to take advantage of the situation,” says Theresa Nahidich, sub chief of the Odikolong residential area in Torit town. In Eastern Equatoria, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, have assisted in forming bodies known as Police Community Relations Committees, whose main task is to act ...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Security Council Press Statement on South Sudan

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Security Council Press Statement on South Sudan

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NEW YORK, United States of America, July 15, 2020/ -- The members of the Security Council welcomed encouraging developments in South Sudan’s peace process, including the agreement between the parties to the Revitalised Agreement on the allocation of states and announcement of governors.  The members of the Security Council encouraged the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) to finalize the remaining state governors and establish state and county administrations without delay. The members of the Security Council expressed concern regarding the delays implementing the Revitalised Agreement and urged the parties to expeditiously finalize security arrangements, establish transitional government institutions including a national legislative assembly, followed by c...
President Kenyatta commends progress in South Sudan peace process despite Covid-19 disruption

President Kenyatta commends progress in South Sudan peace process despite Covid-19 disruption

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NAIROBI, 15th July 2020  –President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended parties to the South Sudan peace process for the progress achieved in recent months despite the health and economic difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The President underscored the setting up of the executive arm of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU), the agreement on responsibility sharing at state level as well as the appointments of state Governors as key success indicators in the peace process. "I wish to note that in the last five months, we have witnessed a positive political momentum in the South Sudan peace process.  "Through significant compromises made by the parties, a number of important milestones and breakthroughs have been achieved," President Kenyatta sai...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: UNICEF delivers 5 million USD worth of supplies for COVID-19 response in South Sudan

Coronavirus – South Sudan: UNICEF delivers 5 million USD worth of supplies for COVID-19 response in South Sudan

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JUBA, South Sudan, July 15, 2020/ -- Since the beginning of its COVID-19 response in South Sudan, UNICEF has procured and distributed supplies worth 5 million USD to help contain the spread of the virus in the country, the organization announced today. Supplies include personal protective equipment (PPE) for front line health workers, pharmaceuticals to treat symptoms among infected people, water, sanitation and hygiene commodities to prevent and control infections among households and in health facilities, as well as information, communication and educational materials to sensitize and engage local communities on preventive public health measures. “From supply shortages to transport constraints, COVID-19 has brought enormous challenges to our supply operations,” said Dr Mohamed Ayoya,...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: UNMISS donates COVID-19 personal protection equipment to South Sudanese police

Coronavirus – South Sudan: UNMISS donates COVID-19 personal protection equipment to South Sudanese police

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JUBA, South Sudan, July 15, 2020/ -- The United Nations Mission in South Sudan, represented by its Police Commissioner Unaisi Vuniwaqa, has handed over an assortment of COVID-19 personal protection equipment to the South Sudan National Police Service at its headquarters in the capital Juba. “We will make sure that these items will be put to the best possible use, not only in Juba but at key police stations across the country as well,” Deputy Inspector General of Police, Lieutenant General James Pui Yak said, while also thanking the peacekeeping mission for its continuous support. The COVID-19 equipment making up the donation includes face masks, gloves, hand sanitizers, buckets, detergent and thermometers. “In our endeavour to provide technical assistance to our South Sudanese co...
South Sudan diplomat urinates during live video conference

South Sudan diplomat urinates during live video conference

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Gordon Buay, a South Sudan diplomat in the United States, has been the subject of discussion on the internet after he was seen urinating during a panel discussion on Facebook. The incident occurred during the video conference meeting regarding the appointment of a governor for Upper Nile state on Friday. As seen in the video, Gordon Buay walked up to the bathroom and relieved himself as other panelists were left in an utter state of shock. He was seen wearing just a shirt during the act and in fact, did not even switch off the camera or the mic. A video of the incident has gone viral on social media. "I believe it is Gordon Buay who is making that noise," one of the panelists said in the video. Moments later, Gordon's video was cut off from the screen. "Embarrassing! South Sud...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: UNMISS strengthens COVID-19 risk communication at and on public gatherings in Eastern Equatoria

Coronavirus – South Sudan: UNMISS strengthens COVID-19 risk communication at and on public gatherings in Eastern Equatoria

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JUBA, South Sudan, July 11, 2020,/ -- To further increase awareness on how to keep communities safe from COVID-19, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan has reached an agreement with local authorities in Eastern Equatoria State to borrow one of its strategically located billboard spaces for critical messaging on measures to prevent the spread of the virus. “The ministry is pleased to let UNMISS use one of our billboard frames to communicate COVID-19 prevention messages,” says Wani Kute, Director General of the state Ministry of Information. “Informing the public on how to avoid catching or spreading the pandemic is crucial.”Public gatherings and celebrations, not to mention many other social situations in South Sudan, are problematic from a COVID-19 point of view, as exercising phy...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Amidst coronavirus pandemic, WHO and partners vaccinated 94 019 children aged 6 to 59 months against measles in Aweil East County of South Sudan

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Amidst coronavirus pandemic, WHO and partners vaccinated 94 019 children aged 6 to 59 months against measles in Aweil East County of South Sudan

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GENEVA, Switzerland, July 11, 2020/ -- Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the country, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and other partners have vaccinated over 94 019 children aged 6 to 59 months against measles in Aweil East County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State to interrupt the transmission. Following the reported cases of measles in some of the counties in January 2020, the twelve-day campaign from 22 June to 3 July 2020 was organized and led by the Ministry of Health with support from WHO and UNICEF using facility-based services to reach all eligible children no matter where they live.The campaign that ended on 3 July 2020 was implemented within the national and WHO guidelines for implementing mass vaccination campaigns in the context of COVID-19.“Strengthening ...
oronavirus – South Sudan: UNMISS conducts door-to-door COVID-19 awareness campaign in Warrap State

oronavirus – South Sudan: UNMISS conducts door-to-door COVID-19 awareness campaign in Warrap State

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JUBA, South Sudan, July 11, 2020/ -- The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has embarked on a 14-day-long door-to-door awareness campaign on COVID-19 to reach individual households in Warrap State with messages on how to keep themselves and others safe. When visiting houses, they are distributing posters, postcards, face masks and banners on preventive measures against the pandemic virus.“We are happy that UNMISS is making this awareness-raising effort to the grassroots level,” says Isaac Deng, a citizen of Marjok Noon in Twic County, while suggesting that visits to the cattle camps in the area would also be a good idea.Mr. Deng believes that going from door to door will make the entire local population aware of the seriousness of the virus and thus take the necessary preca...
Coronavirus: South Sudan National Day

Coronavirus: South Sudan National Day

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WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, July 10, 2020 --By Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of South Sudan as you mark nine years of independence. The United States continues to support the people of South Sudan in your pursuit of peace and stability. This year we are also proud to support your response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  We are committed to working with the transitional government, a free civil society, and regional and international partners to build a lasting peace and greater prosperity in South Sudan.