South Sudan

Activities

Introduce DAT testing in the National Reference Laboratory in Juba
  • Improving surveillance
Outputs

KalaCORE is in the process of introducing DAT testing in Juba in an attempt to reduce the lead time for sample processing. Staff in reference laboratories are being trained in collection, storage, preservation and transportation of DAT samples.

 

Tents and basic DAT equipment such as weighing scales and stethoscopes have been distributed to centres in South Sudan and training of lab staff on DAT procedures has been conducted.

Health provider training
  • Training health workers
Outputs

202 health providers have been trained in classroom training in Juba in diagnosing and managing VL. KalaCORE organises these training workshops in collaboration with Ministry of Health, WHO and MSF. Pre-and post-tests showing a good improvement in test scores.

Support to coordination, surveillance and reporting
  • Improving surveillance
Outputs

Despite the deteriorating security context, remoteness of health facilities and difficulties in reporting/communications, mobile teams investigate and respond to reports of outbreaks in new sites, providing training and prepositioning diagnostics and drugs. KalaCORE is advocating with Ministry of Health and others for strengthened reporting of VL cases.  MOUs have been signed with county health departments to provide reporting incentives for facilities to improve reporting.

The team are working on drug supply-chain strengthening and improving surveillance where possible.

Raise awareness about VL
  • Health education
Outputs

KalaCORE is improving awareness and treatment seeking by distributing VL Information Education Communication  (IEC) materials and delivering training to outreach workers in Pagak and other locations, ensuring the right messages are disseminated during the ongoing health education sessions. KalaCORE is working with Ministry of Health, UNICEF, WHO and MSF to update communication materials.

Support health facilities to offer VL diagnosis and treatment
  • Case management
  • Training health workers
Outputs

KalaCORE is supporting around 30 health facilities by procuring drugs and diagnostics, providing basic equipment and light refurbishment, and conducting clinical mentoring visits for health providers.  Drugs capable of treating 2000 VL patients have been procured and distributed, with a buffer stock kept for rapid response.

Reactivation, assessment and support of previous VL treatment sites has occured in 6 facilities in Longechuk  county, and 4 facilities in Kapoeta East County.  

KalaCORE are working to equip and refurbish Kodok hospital in Upper Nile State and Old Fangak in Jonglei State, and train and prepare staff to diagnose and treat complicated VL cases.

Over 60 health facility visits have been conducted by IMA’s mobile teams since January 2015. Teams travel to inaccessible areas, often completing their journeys on foot.