Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Ethiopia Critical conditions for South Sudanese refugees in Gambella  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN Press - 10/07/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN Press) LONDON United-Kingdom July 10 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- South Sudanese refugees continue to arrive in Gambella Ethiopia fleeing their homes because of the violence and walking for days seeking safe shelter and food. By the end of June between 600-800 refugees were arriving at Burubiey transit camp each day an increase from the 100-300 daily arrivals in previous weeks. Currently over 140000 South Sudanese refugees are in Gambella since the outbreak of the current conflict in December 2013.

Gambella's main refugee camps remain crowded. Plans are underway to expand the new refugee camps of Kule 1 and 2 which have registered 51476 and 37287 refugees respectively. The old Leitchuor camp holds an additional 47469 refugees.

Although proper tents were distributed to refugees in Kule 1 Kule 2 and Lietchuor camps many people in Kule 1 and Lietchuor camps still only have pieces of plastic sheeting to protect against the rain.

New arrivals first stay in transit camps. The Burubiey transit camp overwhelmed in May by an estimated 20000 people fleeing the fighting in Nasir was emptied mid-June. Refugees who were living under very difficult conditions were transferred to the permanent camps of Kule 1 and Kule 2. Because of the flooded roads boats were used to transport the refugees. However the camp is full again with the recent influx of refugees waiting to be transferred to the permanent settlements. More than 7700 refugees are staying at Akobo and Pagak transit camps.

Clean water is a critical priority for the crowded camps to drink wash and cook. MSF runs a water treatment plant that produces an average of 1 million litres a day of safe water for refugees. With a daily target of 15 litres per person people in Pagak camp receive the full amount while those in Kule camp receive 14 litres in Lietchuor camp 10 litres and Kule 1 camp 8 litres. Sanitation and hygiene are also a priority. MSF has built two-thirds of the 1200 latrines intended for the camps and nearly all hand washing points but so far 30 of the total 500 showers.

In this context malnutrition is a serious problem. Testimonies by refugees underline food and safe shelter as an important motivation for coming to Gambella. "In May South Sudanese fled because of the fighting' says Dr. Natalie Roberts MSF medical coordinator in Gambella. 'Now they say they have left their country because of food deprivation."

New arrivals to Kule 1 and Kule 2 camps are already malnourished. Food distribution in the camps is fragile forcing many women for instance to walk nine kilometers from Kule 1 camp into town to grind their grain.

Malnutrition rates overall remained high in mid-June: 20% for global malnutrition and 6% for severe malnutrition. It is an improvement over the previous weeks but still above the emergency threshold of 5% of children suffering from severe malnutrition.

Children are the most vulnerable to illness contracting respiratory infections diarrohea and now malaria because the rainy season has started. Since the end of the measles epidemic in Gambella in May those who are diagnosed with the disease now are mainly South Sudanese who just arrived. Cholera is another risk because of the epidemic in South Sudan. MSF expects to launch a vaccination campaign with the approval of the Ministry of Health the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and UNHCR for a target population of 130000 people including refugees and residents.

MSF conducted 35361 medical consultations in Lietchuor camp and in Itang since early March and 2523 medical consultations in Kule 1 and Kule 2 camps over one week in mid-June. During the same period MSF treated 812 malaria cases in Lietchuor Itang Burubiey Kule 1 and Kule 2 camps and these numbers are likely to increase. And MSF provided care to 1060 children admitted in the two intensive therapeutic nutritional centres between March and July.

Finally MSF managed to decrease the mortality rate at our two hospitals in Lietchuor camp (100 beds) and in Itang (130 beds) near Kule camp respectively to 11% and 7% late June. But the situation may deteriorate with the rainy season and the surge of related epidemics.

MSF is currently delivering medical care to South Sudanese refugees in Pagak transit camp Burubiey transit camp and the three refugee camps of Lietchuor Kule1 and Kule2 as well as in Itang. Furthermore MSF continues to deliver water and sanitation services to Pagak Kule 1 Kule 2 and Burubiey camps in Gambella Ethiopia.



About APO(African Press Organization)
APO is the sole press release wire in Africa, and the global leader in media relations related to Africa. With headquarters in Dakar, Senegal, APO owns a media database of over 50,000 contacts and the main Africa-related news online community.APO offers a complete range of media relations tools such as press release wire and monitoring services -Africa Wire-, online press conferences, interactive webcasts, media interactions, strategic advice, public diplomacy, government relations, and events promotion and management.APO provides free services to African journalists, innovative communications products to communication agencies, companies, governments, and supports many international institutions and NGOs in their strategic communications.

 


MENAFN Press




  MENA News Headlines
 Nov 24 2014 - Pharrell joins line-up for New Years Eve bash in DubaiKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The multiple Grammy award winner is just one of a handful of artists set to take part in the show that will be broadcast live to more than 130 countries. It’s fair ...

 Nov 24 2014 - UAE- Why Aniston is one up on Kim KardashianKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Aniston who posed nude for Rolling Stone magazine in 1996 says I was an original. Shunning the hype around reality TV star Kim Kardashian’s derriere picture Jennifer ...

 Nov 24 2014 - UAE- Football legend Gary Lineker on playing presentingKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) England football ace Gary Lineker reveals his tricky transition from playing to presenting and why hes envious of the modern game. As an English person meeting Gary ...

 Nov 24 2014 - Algerian Prime Minister Leaves DohaQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalik Sellal left Doha on Monday, wrapping up an official visit to the country.      Sellal was seen off upon departure at Doha International Airport by ...

 Nov 24 2014 - Oman Oil subsidiaries sign USD44.15m deals with SMEsMENAFN
(MENAFN) Oman Oil Company's (OOC) said that its subsidiaries and affiliates have signed 35 contracts with local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), with an estimated worth of USD44.15 million, Times ...

 Nov 24 2014 - Kuwait's exports of crude oil to China hit 27.8 percent growth in OctMENAFN
(MENAFN) Kuwait's crude oil exports to China grew 27.8 percent in October from a year earlier to 986,000 tons, equivalent to around 233,000 barrels per day (bpd), data showed, QNA reported.Kuwait's ...

 Nov 24 2014 - GCC petrochemical revenue hits USD89.4b In 2013MENAFN
(MENAFN) According to the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA), GCC's petrochemical industry posted USD89.4 billion in revenue in 2013, increasing by USD6 billion compared with 2012's ...

 Nov 24 2014 - Oman considers spending cuts, raising taxMENAFN
(MENAFN) Oman's government is reportedly considering spending cuts and raising taxes, including the tax on liquefied natural gas exports, as the Gulf country attempts to deal with the drop in its ...

 Nov 24 2014 - Qatar's Rolls Royce sales up 37 percent in Q3MENAFN
According to Rolls Royce, Qatar has become the fastest growing market for the car manufacturer in the Middle East, after it has registered an increase by 37 percent in sales during the July-September ...

 Nov 24 2014 - Saudi quarry production to reach 327m in 2014MENAFN
(MENAFN) The GCC construction sector has been steadily growing for the last two decades led by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, which resulted in Saudi deciding to increase its quarry ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help