Special Report: Yida Camp Survey Results
Survey suggests rising malnutrition and child mortality in Yida Camp
As a result of conflict in Sudan, the Yida camp in South Sudan now hosts nearly 60,000 refugees, with 300‐500 new arrivals each day. Refugees arrive in poor condition, and the water/sanitation situation is deteriorating, in part due to the onset of seasonal rains. A FEWS NET nutrition and food security survey conducted in early July 2012 suggests that both malnutrition and child mortality have reached emergency levels.
The survey results indicate a GAM prevalence of 21.8 percent and a SAM prevalence of 6.1 percent (WHO). The GAM prevalence is higher than the WHO Emergency threshold of 15 percent.
The crude death rate over the 90 days preceding the survey is estimated at 0.76/10,000/day. The death rate for children under 5 years of age during this same period is estimated at 2.15/10,000/day. The child death rate is especially concerning given that the survey data indicates an increasing frequency of child mortality over the past three months.
Prompt action by national and international partners is required. Better access to water, improved sanitation facilities, an expansion of nutrition treatment programs, and improved screening for malnutrition are priorities.