South Sudan’s Health Care Remains Inadequate ten years after independence, Officials Say

South Sudan – As South Sudan celebrates 10 years of independence, health care workers and officials say the health care situation in the world’s newest nation remains woefully inadequate. Facilities are few and often inaccessible, they say, and violence continues to affect health care workers and communities.  Health officials say these shortfalls are largely due to insufficient government funding that has persisted since the nation’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Dr. Bol Deng, secretary-general of the South Sudan Doctors’ Union, said the situation was made worse by continued budget cuts, amplified…

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Red Cross warns that insufficient funding is impeding Covid-19 response

KENYA – Halting an increasing trend of COVID-19 cases in Africa will require additional funding. This has been announced by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), amid a worrying surge of cases in African nations. National Red Cross teams are stepping up surveillance, testing, healthcare and hygiene activities. They have also scaled up their COVID-19 awareness campaigns in public places such as markets and border points. However, efforts like these ones, aimed at containing the spread of the virus, have been strained by insufficient funding.…

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