South Sudan: Stagnant floods cause malaria to rise and access to health care difficult

Nya Thor suffers from complications. Admitted to the MSF hospital’s pediatric ward, she received treatment for malaria and malnutrition. ” Repeated flooding has worsened malnutrition in Jonglei state, destroying crops and livestock and forcing communities to flee their homes. », explains Thomas Kuhn, MSF clinical practitioner.

Families who lived off agriculture are now completely dependent on international aid for fishing and food distributionhe continues. However, delayed rains make fishing more difficult and food distribution from international aid is not always consistent, meaning these families have less access to food. Children especially suffer from this situation because they do not have access to adequate food. »

In addition to food shortages, isolated communities are denied healthcare and do not benefit from mosquito nets. Without mosquito nets, the people of the region are not immune to malaria, and when they inevitably get sick, it takes days by canoe to get to a medical center. At that point, simple cases can become serious, and pregnant women are among the most vulnerable.

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