Insecurity increases population displacement, humanitarian needs in Greater Equatoria, Unity
Relief actors continue cholera response efforts across South Sudan
Ongoing conflict increases number of South Sudanese refugees
The world's newest country has been ravaged by war since December 2013
By Denis Dumo
JUBA, Dec 2 (Reuters) - South Sudan's parliament passed a 38-billion-pound budget on Friday but about 40 percent of that is unfunded and the government will ask foreign donors for the money, the finance minister said.
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South Sudan is one of the worst places in the world to find a latrine. According to non-governmental organization WaterAid, more than 93 percent of South Sudanese lack access to an improved toilet—one that ensures hygienic separation of waste from humans. The dearth of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure puts millions of people at risk of illness and death from preventable diseases like cholera and acute watery diarrhea. In recent years, access to WASH infrastructure in South Sudan has worsened as ongoing insecurity displaces populations and destroys homes.
NAIROBI/GENEVA (2 December 2016) – Sexual violence has reached epic proportions in the conflict in South Sudan and requires the urgent attention of the world, said the UN independent Commission* on Human Rights in South Sudan after a ten-day visit during which they met women survivors around the country.
Women are on the front line of the agricultural system, providing major inputs to the cultivation, processing and marketing of produce. Failing to address the inequalities and discrimination that face women and girls will make it impossible to end hunger in South Sudan. There is an urgent need to close the gender gap in South Sudan and provide better protection for women and girls, who face continuous distressing levels of sexual and gender-based violence.
3.6 million people estimated to be severely food insecure, denoting the highest historic levels of food insecurity during the harvest season.
South Sudan food security and nutrition situation likely to further worsen in the January to April period; 4.6 million people projected to be severely food insecure between January to April 2016.
Ravaging economic crisis and widespread insecurity impeding improvements in food and nutrition security situation.
South Sudan – IOM is working with vulnerable populations across South Sudan to reduce the risk of transmission of HIV/AIDS and increase access to treatment, care and support services. In South Sudan, the Ministry of Health estimates that, as of 2012, 2.7 percent of adults were infected with HIV, 13 percent of whom were children under the age of 15 years.
By Filip Andersson
Eugene Owusu, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRG) at UNMISS, yesterday led a high-level delegation on a visit to the troubled town of Yei. The local bishop and authorities described worsened security and humanitarian conditions and a lack of constructive dialog in the area, to which Mr. Owusu promised that the UN shall respond by stepping up humanitarian and other efforts.
A National Immunization Days (NID) campaign against polio commenced on 15 November, targeting 3,351,954 children under the age of five. The campaign has been completed in Warrap, Central Equatoria, Lakes and Northern Bahr el Ghazal, with implementation ongoing in remaining states.
The UNMISS in Western Equatoria, took part in a long duration patrol (LDP) to Mundri west to conduct an assessment of the current the living standards of the community and government institutions.
PEOPLE IN NEED IN 2016: 6.1M
PEOPLE TARGETED IN 2016: 5.1M
PEOPLE REACHED IN Q1 2016: 2.89 M
In the second quarter of 2016, the humanitarian situation in South Sudan remained critical, with the onset of the lean season, fighting and displacement in new locations, the spread of measles and the beginning of a cholera outbreak in June.
GENEVA/JUBA (1 December 2016) - The world’s youngest country, South Sudan, is on the brink of catastrophe, said the three-member* UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan at the end of a ten-day visit.
Shantal Persaud Acting Spokesperson: Good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to this press briefing that is also being broadcast live on UN Radio Miraya.
Joining us today, are members of the UN Human Rights Commission who are visiting South Sudan for the second time, and many of you as journalists in the room will recall the Commission were here two months ago, and briefed us on September 15.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has on donated about more than 500 assorted items of preventive health care which include soap, mosquito nets, bed sheets and blankets to the Torit State Hospital.
The items were handed over to the hospital’s administration by the UNMISS Head of Torit Field Office Mary Cummins. Ms. Cummins said the donation was made possible through coordination with UNFPA which was able to identify the immediate needs for items of preventive health care by the hospital.
- The mid-November population count showed a 3.5% increase in the displaced population across all six displacement sites since the end of October, putting the total number of IDPs in Wau town at 41,049.
- According to Movement Trend Tracking (MTT) data, the Cathedral site received the highest number of new arrivals, with 440 people arriving over the reporting period. All new arrivals cited insecurity as the only reason for entering the site.
(Juba, 30 November 2016): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan is deeply concerned by a recent series of bureaucratic impediments and access constraints that have negatively impacted humanitarian organizations’ ability to assist people in need.
“Humanitarian organizations in South Sudan are striving every day to save lives and alleviate suffering across this country,” said Mr. Eugene Owusu, Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan. “Yet, they continue to face obstacles and challenges which hamper their efforts. This must stop.”
With the formation of a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) and the subsequent outbreak of violence in Juba in July 2016, the role of civil society in South Sudan is more vital than ever. Can a civil society, confident and well resourced, contribute to the political discourse, engage in nation building, hold public institutions to account and improve the transparency of public life? What can civil society do, and what role can it play in the political transition?