The South Sudan Medical Journal exists to inform, educate and positively influence the development of Health Services in South Sudan.
The Journal is published quarterly in February, May, August and November.
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Part of this issue of the journal is dedicated to important aspects of prevention, diagnosis and management of stroke in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
In the South Sudan there are no guidelines on the prevention and management of stroke. Most African countries lie among the LMIC where 87% of disability adjusted life years are lost from stroke and 86% of stroke related deaths occur. Although stroke mortality is high in Africa there is a paucity of information on stroke subtypes and outcomes to inform appropriate intervention. A recent study in South Sudan, conducted by The Sudd Institute, shows that substantial proportions of women in South Sudan experience GBV either in form of physical (34.0%) or sexual (13.5%) violence in their lifetime. Intimate Partner Violence is at 49.6%, the second highest in the region.
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In Maban County, a remote area in South Sudan's North East where breathtaking landscapes embrace vibrant cultures lies the 'country' s largest refugee settlement of 200,000 refugees and returnees has faced outbreaks of measles over the last year.
The ongoing conflict in Sudan, which has displaced millions, with over 400,000 refugees and returnees fleeing into South Sudan as of November 2023, has exposed the area further to measles.
The recent measles outbreaks in Maban Camps primarily impacted children who fled the conflict in Sudan. Medics on the ground attributed the upsurge to zero-dose immunisation, especially with refugee and returnee children who have not been vaccinated since birth. Zero-dose immunisation refers to providing the first dose of a vaccine to children who have previously not received any childhood vaccinations.