In South Sudan, the current demand for cooking fuels, and access to these resources, has huge implications for the environment and people’s well-being. The environmental risks associated with fuel wood use in the country are significant, given the damaging, long-term effects of over-exploiting natural forests. With these risks in mind, FAO and the Government of South Sudan launched a one-day consultative workshop on charcoal production and trade to raise awareness on the impact of charcoal production.
While the overall nutrition situation is showing improvement in coastal, North West and South East Counties with an expected decrease in the acutely malnourished children requiring treatment, the nutrition situation is expected to worsen in Isiolo, Garissa, Mandera and Wajir counties as a result of poor rains. The total caseload for acutely malnourished children requiring treatment in the ASAL and urban areas is expected to decrease from 304,083 as of February 2015 driven by improvements observed across ASAL counties.
The on-going El Niño phenomenon will continue to negatively affect rainfall patterns until the first quarter of 2016.
The relief food beneficiary figure is expected to increase for the remainder of 2015. The HRD midyear review is tentatively scheduled to be launched in mid-August.
Following the cholera outbreak in South Sudan, health partners in Gambella are working with the Government to implement preventive and control measures, including awareness raising and drug pre-positioning by UNICEF.
WFP requires USD 109 million for the next six months to meet refugee needs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.
Food stocks are stretched and WFP requires immediate contributions, particularly in Kenya and Sudan. In Kenya, WFP started 30 percent rations cuts in the second round of June distributions. Without new contributions, rations may be reduced further in the coming months. In Sudan, WFP is likely to face pipeline breaks in the coming months if additional funding is not available.
As at 23 July 2015, Kakuma had received 46,315 asylum seekers from South Sudan. 77 new arrivals were received from Nadapal during the reporting week. As at 22 July, 184,153 refugees and asylum seekers had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese refugees making up 50% of the total camp population.
- 15,590 Identified unaccompanied minors
- 12 Households provided with cash grants in year 2014
- 188,120 NFIs distributed since January
- 531 Shelters distributed since January
Completeness for weekly reporting in week 29 of 2015 was 80% compared to 70% in week 28 of 2015 and 79% in week 29 of 2014.
In week 29 of 2015, malaria was the top cause of morbidity among IDPs and registered a proportionate morbidity of 28.9%, which represents an increase when compared to 28% in week 28 of 2015.
As of 24 July 2015, a total of 1,340 cholera cases including 40 deaths (CFR 2.98%) have been reported in Juba and Bor Counties in Central Equatoria and Jonglei States respectively. In Juba County, 1,230 cases including 39 deaths (CFR 3.17%) have been reported from seven Payams (Table 1). In Bor, 110 cases including one death (CFR 0.91%) have been reported from Malou in Makuach Payam and other areas within the County.
REMARKS TO THE PRESS
Juba, South Sudan, 25 July 2015
(Juba, 25 July 2015) - The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, concluded a four-day visit to South Sudan today, calling on all parties to lay down their arms and commit to sustainable peace to halt the rapidly spiralling humanitarian crisis.
During his mission, Mr. O’Brien met with humanitarian partners, Government officials and the diplomatic community, and visited communities affected by the conflict in Juba and Unity State.
In Central Equatoria State 1,138 cholera cases (including 38 deaths) have been reported in Juba County since 1 June. No refugee camps are affected at the time of reporting.
Author: Katy Migiro
NAIROBI, July 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fighting in northern South Sudan is preventing lifesaving aid from reaching thousands of people living in "inhumane conditions", including starving children, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday.
It called for warring parties to allow aid into Malakal, a town in Upper Nile State in the north of the country, which government forces recaptured from rebels on July 6.
As of 22 July 2015, a total of 1,294 cholera cases including 39 deaths (CFR 3.01%) have been reported in Juba and Bor Counties in Central Equatoria and Jonglei States respectively. In Juba County, 1,184 cases including 38 deaths (CFR 3.2%) have been reported from seven Payams (Table 1). In Bor, 110 cases including one death (CFR 0.91%) have been reported from Malou in Makuach Payam and other areas within the County.
• Authorities and aid organisations working to ensure sufficient prevention and response measures are in place for acute watery diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera.
• Inter-tribal fighting in Al Sunta locality, South Darfur, has claimed the lives of dozens of tribesmen and left many injured, according to UNAMID.
• In South Kordofan, over 600 people whose homes were damaged by heavy rains and floods are in need of assistance.
• In West Darfur, aid organisations are undertaking rainy season preparedness activities.
The general security situation in Gambella Region has been calm, with no incidents reported during the week, with exception of the fire exchange between the federal police and alleged armed men from South Sudan which was reported in Pagak entry point. This resulted in a temporary restriction of movements across the border. The incident was later peacefully resolved by regional authorities.