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Charities say southern Sudan faces a health crisis and record malnutrition

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 23 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:948
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. Natinga, Sudan

    As hopes of an end to the 20 year civil war in Sudan were raised by new talks taking place in Kenya this week, charities reported that the health situation in the south was deteriorating.

    As Dr John Garang, leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement met Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, vice-president of Sudan, diplomats and analysts saod the prospects for peace have never been better. But observers from charities and non-governmental organisations said that the country was facing a whooping cough outbreak, many cases of preventable blindness and record malnutrition.

    An estimated 175 children have died of whooping cough during a recent outbreak in southern Sudan. Almost 1000 suspected cases have been seen so far, a spokesman for the charity Tearfund said last week. More than 850 cases have been confirmed. A mass treatment and prevention campaign is being carried out in …

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