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South Sudan, 23 November 2015: Bringing hope to mothers

© UNICEF South Sudan/2015/Santo

By Alex Jubek Santo, C4D Officer, Torit

When Tabita Juma’s only son, 4 year old Thomas, became sick with cholera she was so distraught that she almost lost all hope. Cholera is a deadly disease that causes rapid dehydration in young children.

Thomas had little defence against the cholera outbreak that came to his village near Torit earlier this year because of poor hygiene practices and drinking dirty water. Children under 5 are twice as likely to die from cholera than others.

But after UNICEF’s social mobilizers came to their area with lifesaving information on treatment, Tabita quickly brought her son to the nearest cholera treatment centre where he fully recovered.

Now Tabita is determined not to let cholera and diarrhoea affect her son in the future and has turned to UNICEF for guidance. Our team has explained to her the five steps for preventing cholera and given her soap and aqua tablets.

And Tabita has made some lifesaving decisions of her own. While she used to collect water from a seasonal stream beside their home, she now walks 4km every day to get clean water from the nearest treatment point.

The cholera outbreak was declared over in November 2015 thanks to the work of the Ministry of Health and organisations like UNICEF supported by DFID.



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