SSMJ February 2008


Editorial: A New Healthcare Journal for Southern Sudan

The Southern Sudan Medical Bulletin (SSMB) was founded to fill in a void in medical, nursing, pharmacy, laboratory and therapy information to Southern Sudanese Healthcare professionals on the state of health in Southern Sudan. It is also aimed at identifying issues that may be addressed to improve health provision in the Southern Sudan. SSMB is a multidisciplinary publication available free online and to a limited number of colleagues working in rural areas of the Southern Sudan without Internet connection as print copies.

Information for Authors

The Southern Sudan Medical Journal (SSMJ) is a quarterly peer–reviewed publication intended for the consumption of Healthcare Professionals working in the Southern Sudan or those Healthcare Professionals in other parts of the world seeking information on health in the Southern Sudan. It will be published in mid-February, May, August and November of each year.

News, Reports and Policy

Public Health and Health Policy in South Sudan

This article aimed to highlight the important of public health, and focus on legislative framework on water and sanitation as an approach to addressing some of the health challenges. This section of South Sudan Medical Journal is dedicated for articles on public health and health policy in South Sudan. As this is the only medical journal the South has ever launched, its vision should be holistic of improving health of the people of South Sudan and should include public health and health policy. It should inform the Ministry of Health, as the custodian of health of the people of South Sudan, in developing health policies. As the custodian of the nation health, the Ministry of Health, Government of South Sudan (GOSS) should address public health challenges.

Clinical Guidance

Mother and Child Undernutrition - Vitamin A Deficiency

Undernutrition among mothers and children is the underlying cause of a third of all child deaths and more than 10% of the total global disease burden. The situation is probably worse in Southern Sudan where rates of undernutrition are high. The immediate causes of undernutrition are a nutrient-deficient diet and frequent infections. Here we describe vitamin A deficiency, future articles will cover other types of malnutrition.


Oncocerciasis is a parasitic disease that primarily affects economically disadvantaged communities in Africa and Latin America. It results from infection with filarial nematode Oncocerca volvulus, transmitted to man through the bite of infected black fly of genius simulium. It is the second commonest infectious cause of blindness responsible for an estimated 340,000 cases of blindness and one million cases of visual impairment


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Case Reports

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