South Sudan's civil war started in mid-December 2013, and political efforts so far have failed to bring an end to the conflict. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a cholera outbreak in South Sudan with more than 1,210 cholera cases, including 39 deaths, recorded so far. Most of the cases have been reported in Juba and Bor counties, reported UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq.
Haq said, "In response to the outbreak, health partners have set up cholera treatment centers and oral dehydration points in both the counties, and are conducting cholera prevention activities, including hygiene promotion and improvement of access to safe drinking water."
United Nations (UN) humanitarian aid chief Stephen O'Brien is scheduled to arrive in the country on a four-day visit.