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 Where We Work - Lakes State








Health Link South Sudan (HLSS) on 17th January 2014 started responding to the emergency in Mingkaman, Awerial County of Lakes state. When the late December 2013 conflict erupted in Juba and quickly spread to Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile, more people from Bor, Duk and Twic East crossed to Mingkaman.


The need for humanitarian assistance became instant. HLSS then responded in providing comprehensive health services to a population of over 100,000 people at the peck of the conflict in Jonglei. HLSS’ emergency response in Mingkaman was to accelerate access to basic health care among displaced women and children.


Cumulatively 13,718 consultations were conducted, 61.6% (8,446) were female and 25.6% (3,504) were children below 5 years. Malaria has been the most common cause of morbidity among the IDPs, contributing to 38.7% (5,304) of the total consultations and 54.7% of all admissions.

HLSS personnel successfully transfused an anemic youg mother at the site zero facility in June 2014

Above: HLSS personnel successfully transfused an anaemic young mother at the site zero facility in June 2014.

Pneumonia and diarrhoeal diseases were the commonest cause of morbidity among children under five, contributing to 52.3% (1,834) of the total disease burden in children.


Antenatal Care (ANC) services are offered to-date at the two health facilities; the hospital at site One and the Primary Health Care Centre at site Two.


Between January and December 2014, a total of 858 expecting mothers have been attended to in their visits, 111 deliveries were conducted, 52 (46.8%) at community level and 59 (53.2%) were conducted by skilled personnel at the two facilities.


By December 2014, at least 25,051IDPs were reached with HIV/AIDS Awareness messages, Counselling and Testing and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) intervention. The HIV prevalence varies between 0.7% among pregnant mothers to 7.6% in the general population.


This prevalence rate is higher than the national one which stands at 3% (HMIS – MOH 2013). Therefore, a more vigorous approached towards HIV/AIDS prevention is of paramount importance in Mingkaman.


Through the trained Home Health Promoters, thus social mobilization (household visits), at least 3,528 households with estimated 17,640 have been reached with key health messages. This approach saw at least 1,272 patients referred to health facility for treatment of common ailments.


This approach contributed to 9.3% of the total consultations conducted over the project period and is significantly improving the search for early diagnosis and treatment as well as health seeking behaviour of the community members. The services/activities of HLSS in Mingkaman are largely supported by CHF, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNAIDS and WHO.