KUWAIT, Nov 26 (KUNA) Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) singed Thursday a KD 3.5 million (USD 11 million) loan agreement with South Sudan's government to contribute in building a hospital for women and children in Juba.
In a press statement, the Fund said that the project will support the development of the health sector in South Sudan and will meet the increasing need for good quality health care services for women and children in the city of Juba.
Completeness for weekly reporting was 54% for the non-conflict affected counties and 88% for the IDP sites.
Malaria was the commonest cause of morbidity in both non-conflict affected counties (42%) and IDP sites (47%).
Malaria epidemics reported in three states (Warrap, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, and Western Bahr el Ghazal) and two
IDP sites (Bentiu and Malakal PoCs).
Five suspect measles cases reported from Juba county (1) and Bentiu PoC (4).
Juba, South Sudan | AFP | Thursday 11/26/2015 - 14:41 GMT
Ceasefire monitors in South Sudan urged warring forces Thursday to stop fighting amid growing international fears a key peace deal is close to collapse.
Fighting in the nearly two-year long war rages despite an August agreement, said Festus Mogae, who heads the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), set up by the regional IGAD-bloc to ensure the peace deal is implemented.
Despite commitments by both parties in South Sudan to adhere to the peace agreement, fighting and violence continues to affect humanitarian access and result in displacement of people within the country and across borders into neighbouring countries.
The objective of the mission was to conduct initial reconnaissance on the identified sites to understand the severity of the situation and to set the stage for the more in-depth assessment and surveillance in the field.
The specific objectives were:
To identify a number of enumerators to be trained at a later date
To get clear estimated population numbers of the nearby settlements that will be used in determining the sampling strategy for periodic assessments
To conduct an aerial observation of the areas being assessed
The National Ministry of Health has made steady progress towards the eradication of guinea worm from South Sudan.
The Ministry received four cases this year, compared to seven cases the same time last year. The cases were detected in Eastern Equatoria, Lakes, Warrap and Western Barh el Ghazal states.
Makio Samuel, the Director of the guinea worm eradication program in the National Ministry of health attributed the progress to the combined efforts of the ministry and development partners.
One of the world's worst man-made humanitarian crises continues to unfold in South Sudan. After more than 20 months of fighting, a peace agreement was signed in August, but there is still no sign of peace in the country.
More than 2.2 million people are displaced due to the civil war. They have fled both within South Sudan and to neighbouring countries. The majority of refugees are children.
- The overall nutrition situation remains critical with Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) prevalence above the emergency thresholds in the conflict affected areas. More than 230 000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM).
- An estimated 30 000 people in Unity State who are already experiencing catastrophic food insecurity are of extreme concern. The situation could potentially deteriorate into famine unless urgent humanitarian assistance can be provided.
24 November 2015 - It was vital for women in South Sudan not to be satisfied only with having their rights enshrined in the country’s peace agreement, but rather to work towards its implementation, the top UNMISS official said in Juba today.
“The spirit of the peace agreement for promoting women’s rights and participation is designed to ensure not only that…women have a place in implementing the agreement but also…that women all over the country feel the benefits of peace on a daily basis,” said the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG), Ellen Loej.
21 months of war in South Sudan have seen two million people driven away from their homes, their property looted or destroyed. Even in the areas where there is less fighting, families are still struggling with high food prices, forced on many occasions to sell their assets to make ends meet. Unpredictable weather is making it harder for returning farmers to cultivate their land. According to the latest Integrated Phase Classification (IPC), almost 4 million people are facing food insecurity, twice as many as last year.
By George Fominyen — 24 November 2015
The nearly two-year-old conflict in South Sudan has devastated the young country and left millions hungry. Many humanitarian agencies have struggled to reach isolated communities in the regions most affected by fighting, but WFP and its partners continue to overcome enormous obstacles to get food and other relief supplies to people in critical need.
Addis Ababa, 23 November 2015: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, today, received the recently-appointed Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) for the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, former President Festus Mogae of Botswana. The JMEC Chairperson updated the Chairperson of the Commission on the activities he has undertaken since his appointment and on the initiatives he plans to take in the coming days, as part of the implementation of his mandate.
In September, UNMAS responded to an urgent request from WFP. WFP were planning to air drop food for the Bentiu Protection of Civilians (PoC) site which supports over 110,000 Internally Displaced People (IDP). WFP feared for the safety of people collecting the delivery as the area was impacted by the presence of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). UNMAS deployed a team to make the area safe, enabling WFP to deliver 2,700 metric tons of food to the IDP.
In order to strengthen the current Market Information System (MIS) in South Sudan, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is building the capacity of national institutions to collect, analyse and use information about food, agriculture and markets. In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) and the National Bureau of Statistics, FAO has completed nationwide training on market price data collection.
23 November 2015 - Focusing on gender-based issues in conflict, Western Equatoria State residents today completed a two-day workshop in the state capital Yambio.
Some 36 participants from all 10 counties attended the UNMISS-organized activity aimed at discussing the impact of conflict on women and designing mechanisms for the way forward.
11/23/2015 - 17:33 GMT
The South Sudanese army, loyal to President Salva Kiir, said Monday it had begun withdrawing from the capital Juba ahead of a peace deal deadline agreed with the rebels of former deputy president Riek Machar.
The peace accord, signed on August 26, requires the withdrawal of all military forces within a 25-kilometre (15-mile) radius of the city within 90 days, a period which ends later this week.
But the late start of the army pull-out means a full withdrawal won't be completed by the agreed date.