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South Sudan and partners sign agreement to fight Malaria

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March 13, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan and several international partners have signed an agreement which recommits them to the fight and control of malaria in the new country by 2018.

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The five-year program, spearheaded by the ministry of health, has also reviewed the policies and programming framework within the context of the health system and the national development agenda in the country.

The agreement, which involves the World Bank, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations agencies, aims to implement a comprehensive Malaria control strategy, calling on both the government and partners to scale up malaria interventions including community-based initiatives.

South Sudan’s vice-president Riek Machar Teny, signed the agreement on behalf of the government during a ceremony organised on Tuesday in Juba by the minister of health, Michael Milly Hussein.

In his remarks, Machar urged the health institutions in the country and their counterparts to continue carrying out researches on how best to control malaria in South Sudan. He called on the concerned institutions to initiate establishment of a research oriented centre for malaria control.

Minister of health, Michael Milly Hussein, said Malaria is impacting negatively on the economy of the country as it is the leading cause of death and paralyses the workforce.

Malaria constitutes 25% of all deaths related to diseases in South Sudan despite the ministry’s prevention effort, which distributed 8 million mosquito nets across the country.

His ministry, he added, was conducting research on different ways to eradicate malaria in South Sudan.

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  • 15 March 2013 04:16, by George Bol

    Too many agreement made by Riek Machar. To be honest, the agreements made by South Sudanese official are joke because everything latter become zero. $ 8 billion deal with China is zero etc.Journalists are not pure from putting mouth piece on their writing for personal promotion.Self interest!

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    • 15 March 2013 10:20, by Nuer Empire

      Bol:You will continue barking at the rightous and visionary untill you are tired.
      The Nuer Empire

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  • 15 March 2013 05:54, by Tutbol

    These are drugs being tested by the drugs campanies on the peoples lead by leaders whose only visions is to sign treaties even though they donot know the dangers behind what they are signing! gods help the poor young south sudanese who are being lead to poision by the bunch of clueless leaders.

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  • 16 March 2013 10:24, by Tata

    Sure! 2 days ago el Jezzira TV showed a British lead scientists calling for banning the use of antibiotics because they are increasingly becoming resistant, therefore posing real threat to humanity and the environment. In S.Sudan there no national laboratory to test efficacy of every single drug being imported into the country. Are those anti-malaria drugs the VP is proud of effective against

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