JUBA, South Sudan, 10 April 2013 / PRNewswire Africa / - Challenges in implementing humanitarian operations in northern Abyei continue. While the overall health situation in the Abyei Area is normal and stable, there continues to be a lack of health services north of Abyei town, especially for nomadic communities, impacting on the humanitarian community's capacity for disease surveillance in the region. Of 34 health facilities in Abyei Area, ten are functioning. None of these are located north of Abyei town. With disrupted reporting systems, communicable diseases and diseases with epidemic potential could get out of control unnoticed.
Of Abyei's ten functioning health facilities, two have the capacity to provide basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care and one can provide comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care. There are no mental health services, despite the significant physical and mental impact of conflict and displacement on the population. An assessment is needed to gauge the magnitude of this problem. There is also a need for better practices for dealing with survivors of gender-based violence, a topic which is taboo in the Abyei community. HIV and AIDS activities are also limited, with insufficient capacity for testing and treatment. Here too, there has been no assessment to identify the specific needs to be met.
SOURCE: Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in South Sudan