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Coronavirus - South Sudan: UNMISS conducts door-to-door COVID-19 awareness campaign in Warrap State

The campaign is being conducted by the peacekeeping mission’s field office in Kuajok,

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has embarked on a 14-day-long door-to-door awareness campaign on COVID-19 to reach individual households in Warrap State with messages on how to keep themselves and others safe. When visiting houses, they are distributing posters, postcards, face masks and banners on preventive measures…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: UNMISS strengthens COVID-19 risk communication at and on public gatherings in Eastern Equatoria

The UNMISS-supported COVID-19 awareness-raising campaign in the state is currently taking place in the towns of Magwi, Ikotos, Narus and Nadapal

To further increase awareness on how to keep communities safe from COVID-19, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan has reached an agreement with local authorities in Eastern Equatoria State to borrow one of its strategically located billboard spaces for critical messaging on measures to prevent the spread of the…

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Coronavirus – South Sudan: Statement from the Special Representative of the Secretary-General David Shearer celebrating South Sudan Independence Day

We mark this special day at an unprecedented time of global crisis as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc among peoples and economies across the world, including South Sudan

By David Shearer Today, we join with the people of South Sudan in celebrating the historic moment that their country became the world’s newest nation. On the 9th of July 2011, South Sudan gained independence from Sudan as the outcome of a 2005 agreement that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war.…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: COVID-19 and conflict threaten health system and ceasefire in South Sudan

So far, 1916 COVID-19 cases and 35 deaths have been recorded although limited testing and social stigma is obscuring the true magnitude of the virus

The impact of COVID-19 risks undermining the fragile health system in South Sudan, causing the death of many more people from preventable health problems than the virus itself, said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, David Shearer. In a briefing to the United Nations Security Council, David Shearer detailed the…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: UNMISS steps in to fight misinformation on COVID-19, hands over 500 radios to communities in Warrap

South Sudan is no exception to widespread myths and disingenuous information on the nature and transmission of this virus

“As COVID-19 spreads, a tsunami of misinformation, hate, scapegoating and scare-mongering has been unleashed,” warns Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General. South Sudan is no exception to widespread myths and disingenuous information on the nature and transmission of this virus. Hence, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: Women peacekeepers in Bentiu continue efforts to protect civilians

The number of female peacekeepers—military, police and civilian—being deployed to UNMISS and peacekeeping missions worldwide is gradually increasing

“In all the years that I have spent working across conflict zones with United Nations Peacekeeping, I’ve discovered that women, genuinely, hold the key to sustainable peace. We constitute 50 per cent of any society and only by involving women in key decisions that impact their day-to-day life will societies…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: Citizen’s Task Force start 14-day awareness raising campaign on COVID-19

Truck travelling through various neighbourhoods in Juba and across the country broadcasting key messages in numerous local languages

Sensitizing people across South Sudan on preventative measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus remains one of the top priorities of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) currently. The mission, therefore, has partnered with the newly formed Citizens Taskforce on Covid-19, a group comprising of citizens from…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: COVID-19 task force in Wau encourages internally displaced people to leave protection site

A key conclusion is that further decongestion of the densely populated site will greatly contribute to making social distancing, a crucial precautionary measure, feasible

The high-level COVID-19 task force in Western Bahr el Ghazal has met with representatives of the internally displaced people staying at the Wau protection of civilians site of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to discuss way of preventing the spread of the virus. A key conclusion is that…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: UNMISS protection site for displaced people bans visits to prevent spread of COVID-19

Public gatherings have also been banned, and a door-to-door awareness-raising campaign is currently underway

Heeding the advice of health experts, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan has forbidden all visits to its protection of civilians site in Bor, thus making it less difficult to adhere to the necessity of social distancing. “Apart from banning visits, we have also halted the arrival of new…

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Coronavirus – South Sudan: Health Experts inform Internally Displaced People at United Nations Mission In South Sudan (UNMISS) Protection Site in Malakal how to prevent COVID-19 (By Nyang Touch)

The awareness-raising workshop, which will be replicated in the town of Renk, near the border with Sudan, was conducted by the Malakal Health Cluster

Health professionals have raised awareness among the leadership of the almost 28,000 internally displaced people staying at the UN protection site in Malakal on how to prevent an outbreak of the pandemic Coronavirus among themselves. “Don’t spread myths and don’t follow harmful traditions. Please share the reliable, scientific facts that…