MAGNA medical professionals are on the ground every day to assist to patients despite the violence and security issues in various areas in capital Juba, in camps for more than 60.000 internally displaced people, and also in Jongolei.
MAGNA in South Sudan had 36 workers directly working on the ground, which include people who directly contributed to the projects during the year 2017 and responds to the needs of South Sudan through the implementation of 4 medical humanitarian interventions.
Access to immunization services for IDP's
The improved access to immunization services, particularly due to vaccine preventable disease, contributed to reducing the rate of morbidity and mortality of children, pregnant and childbearing age womenamong the IDP population in Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites in the camp in Juba, where MAGNA implemented the activities since January 2014.
Provision of Immunization Services to Children, Pregnant Women and Women of Child Bearing at UN House IDP site in Juba ensures that boys, girls and women among vulnerable populations (IDPs ) have access to quality immunization services (routine and emergency immunization activities) to prevent outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases. Additionally, MAGNA supports other complementary initiatives like Polio, Measles and Cholera campaigns. Activities include implementation of social mobilization activities to support vaccination activities including training of social mobilizers, religious and community leaders as well as multimedia campaigns (radio campaign, announcements and drama performances) and door to door visits in POCs/IDP camp activities included nutrition screening and referrals.
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Duk County, Jonglei
Pneumonia, diarrhoea, and malaria are the leading causes of death among post-neonatal under five children and account for more than 50% of the morbidity for all age groups of patients seen at health facilities in South Sudan. Infant mortality rate is one of the highest in the world, standing at 102 per 1,000 live births, while the under-five mortality rate is 135 per 1,000 live births1. Malaria accounts for 20-40% of all health facility visits, 30% of all hospital admissions, and is a leading cause of death. Integrated community case management (ICCM) of childhood pneumonia, diarrhoea, and malaria, has been promoted as a strategy to increase access to life-saving treatment.
Providing access to healthcare for vulnerable population victims of armed conflict and displacement in Duk County, Jonglei State
Addressing the famine in Duk County
In response to the famine threatening the life of many children in Duk County, MAGNA implements a project to manage Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) consisting of community outreach activities that address screening and outpatient treatment (OTP) and in-patient care in the stabilization center (SC) for most severe cases. MAGNA operates mobile OTP teams for SAM management and appropriate referrals in the target area for children under 5 years old. Through outreach activities children and Pregnant Lactating Women (PLW) are screened by community nutrition volunteers (CNVs) and appropriately referred for treatment. This helps detect of children with acute malnutrition and referral for appropriate management options.
Additionally, MAGNA establishing stabilisation center, consisting of 8 beds in Poktap PHCU, for management of SAM children under 5 who present medical complications.