17,000 children targeted with Season Malaria Chemoprevention treatment in Aweil South
AUTHOR: Aquilina Adhel | PUBLISHED: November 17, 2022
FILE: MSF Medical Assistance attends to a child in South Sudan.
At least seventeen thousand children are receiving anti-malarial drugs in Aweil South County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.
The Season Malaria Chemoprevention program is targeting children between the ages of 3 to 5.
This is to protect children from malaria infection during the rainy season.
The Malaria Consortium organization conducted an assessment to determine the level of malaria infections among the children.
Bahkita Ahok Akok, the Community Engagement Officer said the exercise will take four days.
“This is the last season of giving this SMC drugs to children aged 3-59 months. So we are calling on parents to wait for us in their houses and make sure their children are given the drugs that will help them against attack from malaria,” she stated.
William Dut Malual, a father who brought his child for the treatment said: “We are excited to hear about the treatment because we have lost many children to malaria. Our hope is that the drugs will help so that we won’t have to lose children again due to malaria.”
Last year, MSF conducted a similar program in Aweil town.