Violence In South Sudan Affecting NTD Efforts

Epoch Times: South Sudan Crisis Threatens to Derail Tropical Disease Efforts
James Smith and Pete Kingsley of the University of Edinburgh

“…South Sudan — after half a century of intermittent conflict and underdevelopment — is unique in suffering from virtually all of the World Health Organization’s list of [neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)] that are endemic to Africa, and in the highest concentrations. … Alongside the emergent crisis, a hub of instability has long persisted in bordering regions of northern Uganda, South Sudan and the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Renewed violence in South Sudan, as well as in the neighboring Central African Republic (with the potential for more than a million people displaced between them) will undoubtedly degrade already limited disease control and the capability of the state and international organizations to treat people…” (1/7).

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