Malaria latest crisis in troubled Sudan

MalariaFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – ABOUT 2 000 people have died of malaria as an outbreak compounds the catastrophe in South Sudan, the world’s newest country also overwhelmed by drought and war.
Swarms of mosquitoes are infecting people with malaria in massive numbers with a rise of 400 percent recorded in the past two months.
“It seems in every community there are reports of weakened children dying of malaria,” said Becky Hammond, Medair’s Medical Manager in South Sudan.
Medair is the Switzerland-headquartered nongovernmental organisation responding to the crisis in the war-torn country.
It has opened a malaria treatment centre in the southwestern Aweil town and is providing emergency water, sanitation and hygiene services.
Violence erupted in South Sudan in December 2013 between supporters ofPresident Salva Kiir and the former Vice President, Riek Machar.
Fighting has spread across the country and caused millions to flee homes and seek refuge in less volatile parts of the country and in neighbouring
countries.
A serious escalation in violence occurred in the capital, Juba, on the fifth anniversary of independence in July.
The situation remains volatile and public services almost non-existent.
CAJ NEWS

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