SOUTH SUDAN / DISPLACED HEALTH

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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has established a temporary base in Tambura to help reduce tensions, protect civilians and restore stability. A major lack of healthcare and a dramatic rise in malnutrition in the camps is another life-threatening factor they have to contend with. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / DISPLACED HEALTH
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 15 OCT 2021, TAMBURA SOUTH SUDAN

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DATELINE: 15 OCTOBER 2021, TAMBURA SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, destruction in the hospital
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Halawia Martin, Nurse:
“The hospital is destroyed especially the wards—female, pediatric and male wards, the laboratory and the maternity [ward]. Everything is stolen. Microscopes are destroyed, HIV drugs and [testing] machine for HIV and tuberculosis patients were also destroyed. Now, we are facing challenges because of this war; we are dying because of lack of drugs. Children suffering from malaria cannot be treated.”
3. Wide shot, patients sitting
4. Wide shot, patients sitting
5. Med shot. Medical staff standing
6. Close up, medical staff writing
7. Close up, nurses standing
8. Close up, nurse looking
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Halawia Martin, Nurse:
“We do not have outpatient [care] here in the camp. It is very far [and] if someone is sick, we are unable to help. We can’t go to the health centre due to insecurity. Outpatient care is needed for malnourished children. A child from [the outpatient department] is [usually] sent to [the] Stabilization Centre; but we don’t have [anything now]. All [facilities] have been destroyed. So, it’s really very difficult.”
10. Wide shot, displaced persons sitting
11. Med shot, displaced people standing
12. Close up, displaced children
13. Close up, injured person on the bed
14. Close up, injured person
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Marcello Danyeso, County Surveillance Officer:
“For referral, it’s very difficult for us. We have an ambulance, but it can’t transport patients to Yambio due to insecurity on the road.”
16. Various shots, patients in the ward
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Marcello Danyeso, County Surveillance Officer:
“Currently we are doing what we can because we don’t have all the equipment, like [a] laboratory for blood transfusions. The laboratory is used for screening and draining of the blood for the patient. Our laboratory equipment was all destroyed. Currently what we do here, in terms of laboratory [testing], is only the rapid diagnostic test for malaria.”
18. Med shot, patients registering
19. Close up, nurse registering
20. Med shot, patients standing

STORYLINE:

Despite the signing of a peace deal in 2018, subnational violence continues to ravage parts of South Sudan.

In Tambura, Western Equatoria, ongoing attacks by armed groups has led to innocent civilians being killed or injured; properties have been destroyed while tens of thousands are displaced.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has established a temporary base here to reduce tensions, protect civilians and restore stability. However, for people living in camps for the displaced, losing their homes and livelihoods isn’t the only issue. A major lack of healthcare and a dramatic rise in malnutrition in the camps is another life-threatening factor they have to contend with.

SOUNDBITE (English) Halawia Martin, Nurse:
“The hospital is destroyed especially the wards—female, pediatric and male wards, the laboratory and the maternity [ward]. Everything is stolen. Microscopes are destroyed, HIV drugs and [testing] machine for HIV and tuberculosis patients were also destroyed. Now, we are facing challenges because of this war; we are dying because of lack of drugs. Children suffering from malaria cannot be treated.”

With an already weak healthcare system, the destruction of limited facilities is catastrophic, especially given the scale of recent displacement. Ongoing fighting has made it difficult for fresh batches of medicine and equipment to reach Tambura.

SOUNDBITE (English) Halawia Martin, Nurse:
“We do not have outpatient [care] here in the camp. It is very far [and] if someone is sick, we are unable to help. We can’t go to the health centre due to insecurity. Outpatient care is needed for malnourished children. A child from [the outpatient department] is [usually] sent to [the] Stabilization Centre; but we don’t have [anything now]. All [facilities] have been destroyed. So, it’s really very difficult.”

While UNMISS and humanitarian partners are doing everything in their power to keep people safe and ensure their basic needs are being met, county officials say that the instability has serious health consequences for the displaced.

SOUNDBITE (English) Marcello Danyeso, County Surveillance Officer:
“For referral, it’s very difficult for us. We have an ambulance, but it can’t transport patients to Yambio due to insecurity on the road.”

The burden lies squarely on those in need of medical attention, as they have to walk long distances to reach a medical center.

SOUNDBITE (English) Marcello Danyeso, County Surveillance Officer:
“Currently we are doing what we can because we don’t have all the equipment, like [a] laboratory for blood transfusions. The laboratory is used for screening and draining of the blood for the patient. Our laboratory equipment was all destroyed. Currently what we do here, in terms of laboratory [testing], is only the rapid diagnostic test for malaria.”

Access to proper healthcare across South Sudan continues to be a concern.
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