South Sudan: Japan & WHO donate six ambulances to boost health services

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The government of Japan and the World Health Organization (WHO) have donated six ambulances to South Sudan.

The vehicles will be given to the East African nation to help the country boost its struggling health services after years of civil conflict. A peace deal was signed by South Sudan’s rival leaders last year following five years of conflict in the world’s youngest nation.

Ambulances donated to South Sudan

Two of the ambulances South Sudan is set to receive have been donated by the government of Japan through WHO. The vehicles will be assigned to Juba Teaching Hospital Blood Bank and to the National Blood Transfusion Service, both of which are situated in the nation’s capital, Juba.

The other four ambulances are being donated by the Office of the Regional Director for Africa and will be distributed to Ajak Kuac County Hospital, Twic State; Ngapagok County Hospital, Tonj State; Mary Help Maternity Hospital, Wau State and Akon County Hospital, in Gogrial State.

South Sudan’s health services were crippled by the nation’s long-running civil war. Women and children in the country now face particularly high mortality rates from preventable diseases and conditions due to a lack of accessible health care.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.