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Children mortality remains high in southern Sudan – charity

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January 8, 2008 (LONDON) — A British-based international charity, Save the Children, said today that rates of children mortality remain high in southern Sudan. It further warned that thousands of children are still facing death.

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A four-year-old Sudanese boy collapses from hunger at a feeding centre run by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres in the village of Paliang, about 160 km northwest of the southern town of Rumbek, May 25, 2005. (Reuters).

Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, three years ago, health care conditions for children reach crisis point. One in four children in Southern Sudan dies before the age of five, mainly from easily preventable diseases such as malaria or diarrhoea; said Save the Children.

It added that tens of thousands of families still have very limited access to basic healthcare, with just one trained doctor for every 100,000 people.

The 2005 peace agreement promised to direct proceeds from Sudan’s rich oil reserves to help rebuild the country’s destroyed health and education systems. Yet three years on, communities struggling to survive after the country’s 20 year civil war have seen little change.

The international charity called on southern Sudan government to commit more funding to building up education, health and protection services. Also it urged fundraisers to give more money and advice to the South Sudanese government to protect children.

In a report released at the end of last December, the UN’s children’s agency UNICEF said the number of children who die before their fifth birthday fell below 10 million in 2006, but much more still needed to be done.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report attributed the progress in children’s mortality rates largely to improvements in healthcare.

By comparison, an estimated 20 million children under five were dying every year at the beginning of the 1960s.

But UNICEF’s executive director, Ann Veneman, pointed out that "much more must be done" and "if we do so, we can help create a better world for girls and boys, and for generations to come."

The study also found an appalling lack of basic sanitation, hygiene and drinkable water, which contributes to the deaths of more than 1.5 million children each year from diarrhea and related ailments.

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  • 9 January 2008 04:53, by Deng Thiak Adut

    I sort of dangerous to see littler innocent children dying from simple necessity, such as food, medicine and Mr Kiir is enjoying his happy meal with his ministers. Surprises surprise! the nation is going into division of class-like Arab master used to do.

    The basic health care, education and food could be easy afforded specially for those orphanage children whose nobody care about them. Basic social system must be establish so that we can not rely on external affairs help. No more shall these children be exposed to hungry and diseases with CPA in place. No more shall we await for more death, but speak up for moderate and conservative economic appropriate means.

    If the death mortality is "1 in 4 for children, then get the formulate right. and look more into proper studies and the number could be even more. We can not contains the future if we don’t care for children. I hope the GOSS can provide preventative, or set up institutions responsible for early children welfare.

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  • 9 January 2008 08:05, by Ichok Malou

    I am totally disgusted about all this news from guns fighting to children dying from hunger.I know it would make no progress if I pinch the Government of South Sudan on this issue which doesn’t need IGAD to faclitate it.
    What I know from this current regime is "I don’t Care Language" otherwise we the people must act right now before the referendum to save the lives of innocent children who are going to be next generation.

    The government priorities are health,education and wellfare but non of them is competitively functional.
    It was forgivable when GOSS was not formed two years ago whereby children would die on the laps of thier parents and no where to point a finger at.GOSS has many ministers who had never gone to protest about their payments yet people are categorized into two groups poor and rich ,in which Sudan is mastermind about this ideology.People were hoping that GOSS will be full of idealism.Please Health Minister try to do something imagine people are losing idolized kids and thanks,I won’t mind if you are a conservative.

    I do support GOSS for many performancs but this week some news made me grumpy.The minister of communication asked Egypt to broadcast GOSS television news via its satelite.If you want to be a nation try to be hard thinker and be natinalist that is where the nationalism start .Do Egypt make satelites or buy them with money as GOSS has got?.What you (GOSS) need is to hire expertise to help you achieving your ambitions of being a nation in 2011 and stop being a parasite depending on other nations like Egypt which had poked its nose(involved) deeply in this war of North and South.South Sudanese in USA,EU,Australia and the rest of African countries are practically and theoretically skillful.They can help their pepole back home.

    South Sudanese living away from home.

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    • 9 January 2008 22:44, by Victoria Naculya

      Our government in general does not lead, they rule. And the worse problem is that, they started ruling from the top, not the bottom. That is why they are failing to provide the basic needs to those who need them. In Sudan generally, when one is in a high rank, it is very difficult to hear/listen to the voices that are below you and difficult to answer them. I do not know why? Well, lets forget about the government, and talk about ourselves. By the way people, we do not cooperate among ourselves and listen to each other. Our people abroad can help feed those little kids by just contributing $1 a month. We do not have to depend on the government to do everything for us. If we cooperate, I am sure the government will step on. Thanks. victorianaculya@yahoo.com

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      • 10 January 2008 02:44, by Deng Thiak Adut

        Vitoria victoria!! you mention something very encouraging to all of us. Well, idealist are not made, but are borned into the society. I do also concured with you in combined effort, but, shouldn’t the goverment leads the way, or encourage citizen to help one another? I am sure if you or I start something of such fruitfull to our people, they pigs will envy it and distroy. they are all grumpy and hungry to gain controlled.

        I still maintained that it is the goverment responsibility to help citizen. Many people has good ideas but the doomed to fails because of disincentive, and no legal protection of any kind. I guess, time will come but it will be too late to reverse the wronged done.

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        • 10 January 2008 03:27, by Victoria Naculya

          As you know Mr. Adut, our government is ruling not leading. So how can we depend on a government that rules? Our government is focusing on big issues and big towns, seeing human basic needs and rural areas are not of a big importance. If we have to let this for the government to deal with, then the number of kids dying every year will increase. And who are the ones that are going to be hurt, the government? I don’t think so.

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