SSMJ May 2014


Editorial. Responding to the cholera outbreak in South Sudan

On Thursday, May 15th 2014, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Republic of South Sudan declared a cholera outbreak in the capital Juba. As we go to press, the cholera has spread to other parts of the country and the cases are increasing.

News, Reports and Policy

Notice: International English language Testing System (IELTS) – volunteer teachers wanted

Passing the IELTS Examination with a minimum of 7 scores out of 10 in the following domains:

The Gordon Memorial College Trust Fund

What is the GMCTF? The Gordon Memorial College Trust Fund ( was established in 1899 by public subscription to honour the name of General Charles George Gordon of the British army, who was killed during the Mahdi's uprising in 1885.

Donated Books

Medicine in Africa book donated to the South Sudan Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Library

Clinical Guidance

Water and sanitation hygiene in South Sudan: What needs to be done to bridge the gap?

Water, and sanitation hygiene (WASH) is a major public health challenge, not only globally, but also in the Republic of South Sudan. It is estimated that 1 in 10 (768 million) of the world’s population do not have access to safe drinking water, most of whom are in developing countries, while a third of the world’s population (2.5 billion people) do not have access to adequate sanitation

Clostridium difficile

Clostridium difficile is an anaerobic, spore forming Gram positive bacillus which is a worldwide enteric pathogen. It is a common cause of antibiotic associated diarrhoea and colitis and was identified as the cause of antibiotic associated pseudomembranous colitis in the late 1970s.

Hepatitis E Virus

Before the discovery of hepatitis E virus (HEV), many epidemics of hepatitis in the developing world were found to be from a cause other then the known hepatitis A, B and C viruses. HEV was discovered in 1983 in the stool samples of a human volunteer infected with the combined stool samples of patients with non-A, non-B hepatitis (Balayan et al., 1983). HEV is a small single-stranded RNA virus spread by contaminated water.

Answers to Image Quiz published in SSMJ vol 7 no. 1

Answers to Image Quiz published in SSMJ vol 7 no. 1. Page 21. February 2014.

What is cholera?

What is cholera? Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. ...

Cholera IEC Materials

Contents of the PDF Treatment Flowchart for Cholera Cases Using Standard Case Definition How can you Control Cholera? How can you Prevent Cholera?


Knowledge, Attitude and Practice(KAP) of tuberculosis patients enrolled on treatment in Juba City, South Sudan2010. A pilot study

Study setting: Juba Teaching Hospital, Juba city, Republic of South Sudan, 2010. Objective: To examine, knowledge, attitude and practices of tuberculosis (TB) patients enrolled on tuberculosis treatment, Juba, South Sudan. Design: Descriptive study

Case Reports

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