South Sudan launches Sudan Household Health Survey

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The Federal and South Sudan Ministries of Health, have jointly launched Sudan Household Health Survey.

The survey which is to start soon, will include questions related to two key topics: HIV/AIDS and maternal mortality.

Speaking during the launching ceremony in Juba, the Federal government Minister of Health, Tabitha Butrus, underscored the importance of having correct and professional data-base on health issues. She said that an up to date data base is a key to government’s planning for its people.

Butrus said, “This is a very important survey. I believe it is not only the money that is needed for this exercise to succeed, but also the political commitment. I thank all those who contributed to the launching and successful completion of the survey, including UN agencies and the government.”

The South Sudan Minister of Health, Joseph Monytuil, said that the implementation of the survey requires timely allocation of financial and other essential resources. He said delay in releasing funds for the project will undermine the exercise.

Monytuil reiterated the commitment of the Government of South Sudan to facilitating a successful implementation of the survey. “Southern sudan givernment whole-heartedly supports the survey and it will do all it can to see that it succeeds,” he said.

During the event, a number of organizations working closely with the ministry of health reaffirmed their commitment to providing financial and technical support for the survey. Around 3.8 million US Dollars is needed for the implementation of the survey.

Health file  The lack of education and political will, poverty, out-moded traditional beliefs, to mention but a few, have been widely blamed for causing severe and sometimes unwarranted health catastrophies of genocidal proportions on the African continent. Child killer diseases, malaria, tuberculosis, water borne diseases, HIV/AIDS, among other preventable ailments have killed millions in their wake. As rightly said by the former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, on May 13, 2000 "More people (...) died of Aids in the past year (1999-2000, ndlr) in Africa than in all the wars on the continent".
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