Monday December 11, 2017

UN-OCHA: AIDS – Related Deaths Are on the Rise Among Conflict Affected People

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NAIROBI – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) has warned of looming rise of Aid related death in conflict affected states in South Sudan

In their new report, the organisation said that majority of the people who are living with HIV-Aids in the conflict affected areas are suffering due to lack of accessing anti-retroviral drugs. (ARVs)

“The majority of the over 1,100 people who had been receiving HIV treatment in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile prior to the crisis are still at large. Overall, UNAIDS estimates that at least
25,000 people living with HIV are directly affected by the conflict. They urgently need access to HIV treatment, care and support services. More resources and partnerships are required to provide this lifesaving support”. The report said.

“In September 2014, WHO deployed a team of clinicians to support HIV treatment in Mingkaman, Bor, Malakal and Bentiu on a roving basis. The team is working with health partners on the ground to build capacity for HIV treatment, preventing mother to child transmission, voluntary counseling and testing, and HIV commodity management. So far the programme has reached 62 displaced people living with HIV are receiving anti-retroviral therapy and another 197 are receiving pre-antiretroviral therapy care, mainly at Awerial and Bor. Other displaced people in Juba and Nimule have also been able to resume HIV treatment, although the numbers still remain very low”. It added.

In other hand, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) also said that rapid displacement of cattle in the conflict affected places will cause long term food insecurity among the population where the agency had already warned of impending famine.
Humanitarian Bulletin

“The mass displacement of cattle due to the conflict is increasing social tension and the spread of livestock disease– both of which may affect long term food security”, warns the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in a recent report.

It also said that the arrival of large number of pastoralists to new places is also fueling conflict among the communities who used to resort into cattle raiding.

“Normally, livestock move in seasonal patterns. When it is rainy, herders take their animals to high ground. When the dry season comes, they return to the lowlands. The conflict has disrupted these traditional patterns. Pastoralists fled to new areas, seeking safety and grazing land. In some cases, the arrival of large numbers of pastoralists to agricultural areas has caused tensions to spill over into violence”. The report said.

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