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22 Mar 2017 description
report InterAction

A persistent drought has left nearly 23 million people across the Horn of Africa without enough to eat. In South Sudan, hundreds of thousands are trying to survive famine. Nearly half the country—or 4.9 million people—are now going hungry. That number will grow when the “lean season” arrives in July, just before harvest and as food reserves have been exhausted.

The world’s last declared famine, which lasted from 2010 to 2012 in Somalia, resulted in 260,000 deaths.

22 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

by Joe English

South Sudan is a country in crisis – violence has displaced millions of people; a food crisis has left parts of the country in famine; and a deteriorating economy has left many families with no means to support themselves.

The worsening water crisis, fuelled, in part by the conflict and economic collapse, is just one more challenge families in Juba have to face on a daily basis.

21 Mar 2017 description

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is today warning of an alarming surge in the transmission of waterborne diseases across East Africa.

Prolonged drought, conflict and food and water shortages have left 16 million people on the brink of starvation and resulted in a spike in the number of cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) – a key symptom of cholera.

21 Mar 2017 description
report Oxfam

One month since famine was declared in two areas of South Sudan, it is a race against the forthcoming rains to save lives Oxfam warned today.

The annual rainy season, which starts in April or May, will make conditions even more difficult for the people in need of help and the aid agencies trying to reach them. Flooding makes roads and airstrips impassable, communities sheltering from the conflict on islands even more isolated, and causes a rise in cholera and other water-borne diseases.

Oxfam is calling for more funding to help reach those in need before it is too late.

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

Region-Country:
Africa and Middle East / South Sudan

Switzerland – IOM Director General, William Lacy Swing, today condemned an attack on a humanitarian convoy in South Sudan on 14 March, which resulted in the death of two people and left three others injured.

“I unequivocally condemn the attack on IOM staff, health workers and civilians, who were assaulted during a lifesaving humanitarian mission in Yirol East County, South Sudan,” said Ambassador Swing.

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.

13 Mar 2017 description

On 20 February, localized famine was declared in Leer and Mayendit counties, and food security experts estimated that some 5.5 million people would be severely food insecure by the height of the lean season in July. Over the course of the month, tens of thousands of people were displaced due to offensives in Upper Nile and Jonglei. In Upper Nile, an estimated 31,500 people were forced to flee continued advances by armed forces on the western bank of the River Nile. About 18,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) reportedly arrived in Kodok and over 13,500 in Aburoc, Fashoda County.

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.

10 Mar 2017 description

10 March 2017

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Mr. President, Council members,

Thank you for inviting me to brief on my visits to countries facing famine or at risk of famine: Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia. I will also briefly mention the outcomes of the Oslo Conference on the Lake Chad Basin.

10 Mar 2017 description

Situation Update

A total of 14 counties in 9 (28%) of 32 states countrywide have confirmed cholera outbreaks During week 10 of 2017, a total of 13 samples from Bentiu PoC all tested negative for cholera (Table 3).
Cumulatively, 187 (36.5 %) samples have tested positive for Vibrio Cholerae inaba in the National Public Health Laboratory as of 10 March 2017.

10 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• More than 338,000 people in Leer, Mayendit, Koch and Panyijiar have received humanitarian assistance since localized famine was declared in Leer and Mayendit in South Sudan.

• Cholera cases have been confirmed in Malakal town, bringing the number of counties affected countrywide to 14.

• Heavy clashes between armed groups in Jonglei’s Uror and Nyirol counties forced thousands of civilians to flee.

09 Mar 2017 description

Issues addressed

  • Follow up 21 December mission November and December 2016 following IDP influx in November and December 2016
  • Ascertain more details regarding recent IDP movements including motivations, routes and methods of transport
  • Ascertain more details on basic available services in Old Fangak and immediate areas

Introduction / Methodology

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.

09 Mar 2017 description

Situation Update

Cholera has been confirmed in Malakal Town, Central Upper Nile State. A total of 14 counties in 9 (28%) of 32 states countrywide have confirmed cholera outbreaks (Table 1; Figure 1.0). During week 9 of 2017, one of two samples from Malakal Town tested positive for cholera on 3 March 2017 (Table 3). Cumulatively, 187 (37.4 %) samples have tested positive for Vibrio Cholerae inaba in the National Public Health Laboratory as of 3 March 2017 (Table 3).

08 Mar 2017 description
report Direct Relief

The tragedy of South Sudan is among the most well-known in humanitarian and foreign policy circles. Established to great fanfare and aid commitments as the world’s newest independent nation in July of 2011, South Sudan has since fallen into perpetual emergency. The culprits are many, including war, ethnic conflicts and endemic problems of poverty, poor health care, sparse population, rugged geography, and lack of fresh water or functional sanitation.

06 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • Shelter/NFI distributions target IDPs in Unity

  • IOM responds to influx of IDPs in Wau town

  • RRF partners respond to malnutrition in crisis-affected areas

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