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26 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Joe English

It’s now more than a month since famine was declared in parts of South Sudan. For children in the world’s youngest country, the worsening food crisis comes at a time when they already face countless challenges on a daily basis.

24 Mar 2017 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 19-25 March 2017 and includes updates on influenza, Legionnaires' disease and rubella.

18 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Food security levels in the country remain critical, with famine declared in southern Unity state at the end of February. Access restrictions to affected areas is limiting the ability of the humanitarian community to respond. UNICEF and WFP dispatched five rapid response teams to southern Unity in late February/early March to provide immediate, lifesaving assistance to affected populations.

16 Mar 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

Daily arrival figures from July 2016 are based on manual emergency registration or head-counts/wrist-banding. Confirmed figures will be available as the new arrivals undergo biometric registration.
Figures prior to July are from the Government’s Refugee Information Management System (RIMS).

41,378 Number of new arrivals between 1st and 14th March 2017

2,956 Daily average of new arrivals between 1st and 14th March 2017

805,704 Total number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

PRIORITIES

14 Mar 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

March 13, 2017 (EL-FASHER) - Thousands of Sudanese displaced people and South Sudanese refugees have been hit by diseases, including measles and acute watery diarrhoea, in North Darfur’s El-Lait county which is located near the border with East Darfur state.

The area recently received around 6,000 displaced persons who fled a tribal conflict in El Nair area of East Darfur. The affected areas also host several thousands of South Sudanese refugees from Bahr el Ghazal region.

13 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

• Completeness for weekly reporting was 48% IDSR sites and 82% for the IDP sites.

• Malaria remains the leading cause of morbidity in nonconflict areas while ARI is the leading cause of morbidity in the IDPs.

• A total of 22 new suspect measles cases were reported from Gogrial East; Wau IDPs, and Juba in week 8.

• Cholera confirmed in Malakal Town after one of two samples tested positive for cholera by culturing.

• Two suspected meningitis cases reported from the MSF-H hospital in Bentiu PoC.

12 Mar 2017 description
report Oxfam

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

BACKGROUND

The continuing conflict which began in December 2013 is having a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of millions of South Sudanese women, men, boys and girls. Conflict has displaced populations, reduced food production and disrupted livelihoods and markets, making South Sudan one of the most food-insecure countries in the world. Women and men of all ages are suffering from the effects of conflict, including abuses and loss of control over, and access to, vital resources.

09 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • For the first time since April 2010 access was granted to Belle El Sereif locality in East Jebel Marra. An inter-agency assessment estimated the number of displaced children at 8,385.

  • Following up on the newly accessible area in the locality of Kurmuk in Blue Nile State,
    UNICEF is now implementing priority programmes in integrated nutrition where MUAC screening is covering 6 highly populated communities where there are functioning outpatient treatment centers (OTPs). .

09 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

• Completeness for weekly reporting was 39% IDSR sites and 67% for the IDP sites.

• Malaria remains the leading cause of morbidity in nonconflict areas while ARI is the leading cause of morbidity in the IDPs.

• A total of 30 new suspect measles cases were reported from Wau PoC, Gogrial West, Gogrial East, and Nzara in week 7 • Cholera confirmed in Yirol East while new suspect cases are under investigation in Malakal Town.

• There was one suspect meningitis case from the MSF-H hospital in Bentiu PoC.

03 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Famine declared in two counties in South Sudan’s Unity State

  • UN calls for improved humanitarian access amid ongoing insecurity

  • Health actors record more than 5,300 suspected cholera cases

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

02 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The rate of new arrivals in to Uganda remains very high, with a total of 9,286 South Sudanese refugees received in Uganda between the 22nd and 28th of February. This brings the total new arrivals in February to 65,373. The average daily rate of new arrivals this week was 1,327.

01 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • On 20 February, famine was officially declared in parts of Unity state.
    This is the first time in six years that a famine has been declared anywhere in the world. Approximately 100,000 people are currently facing starvation, with an additional one million close to famine.

  • A recent assessment mission by UNICEF, WFP and Oxfam to Kapoeta,
    Eastern Equatoria found that drought has significantly affected water access and food security. A multilateral response is planned and underway.

24 Feb 2017 description

Executive Summary

This report has been developed collectively with humanitarian partners in the region to inform preparedness and advocacy efforts to mitigate and manage humanitarian risk in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region*. It presents a three-month trend analysis from October to December 2016 and a humanitarian outlook from January to March 2017. It is the sixth report in the series and updates the previous scenario report which was published in October 2016.

Regional Trends: October-December 2016

22 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The rate of new arrivals in to Uganda remains very high, with a total of 9,568 South Sudanese refugees received in Uganda between the 15th and 21st of February, although this is a decrease from the 13,092 new arrivals reported in the previous week. This brings the total new arrivals in February to 56,087.
    The average daily rate of new arrivals this week was 1,367.

22 Feb 2017 description

Facts & Figures

Since fighting erupted in December 2013:

  • More than 1.7 million internally displaced people according to UN estimates

  • Over 202 000 people seeking refuge at UN Mission compounds (UNMIS)

  • Over 1.1 million South Sudanese refugees & asylum seekers in neighbouring countries (UNHCR)

  • 67 aid workers killed by warring parties (UNOCHA)

About 4.8 million people experiencing food insecurity

21 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

• Completeness for weekly reporting was 34% IDSR sites and 68% for the IDP sites.

• Malaria remains the leading cause of morbidity in nonconflict areas and IDPs. Transmission in most counties that had experienced upsurge in cases has reduced to expected ranges.

• 10 new measles cases reported from Wau PoC during the week.
Measles IgM positive cases confirmed in Aweil South (4); Gogrial West (4); and Wau PoC (4). 7 Rubella IgM positive cases in Wau PoC.

20 Feb 2017 description
report Save the Children

More than one million children in war-torn South Sudan risk starvation, Save the Children is warning, as a famine is declared in the country’s Unity State.

The latest government and Famine Early Warning Systems figures predict that 4.9 million people (nearly half the country’s population) will be in a food crisis across the country, many of them close to famine level, between now and April. This includes at least one million children. That figure is expected to jump to 5.5 million people at the height of the lean season in July.

16 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Intense fighting along the west bank of the Nile in Upper Nile has been persistent through the first two weeks of February, resulting in the displacement of the entire population of Wau Shilluk, some 30,000 people. Currently, 16,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in Renk, en route to crossing the border into Sudan.

14 Feb 2017 description

IOM CONSOLIDATED APPEAL PLAN

The 2017 South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) appeals for USD 1.6 billion to target 5.8 million people for assistance. Developed in line with the HRP and the framework of the IASC Clusters, IOM’s 2017 CAP requests USD 76,852,706. The appeal highlights emergency humanitarian assistance based on IOM’s existing capacity, focusing on the most urgent needs of the affected population.