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28 Feb 2013 description

Measured improvements may be sustained from January through June in some areas

KEY MESSAGES

• Significant improvements in current food security outcomes have occurred, even as 12.9 million people remain in the Stressed (IPC Phase 2), Crisis (IPC Phase 3), and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) levels of acute food insecurity.

28 Feb 2013 description
report UN News Service

28 February 2013 – The top United Nations humanitarian official in South Sudan today expressed deep concern about the fighting in the eastern state of Jonglei and urged a stop to attacks on aid workers and supplies.

“I have been informed of attacks on humanitarian actors and the seizure of humanitarian assets and commodities. This must stop,” the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Toby Lanzer, said in a statement.

28 Feb 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Up to 4.6 million people may require humanitarian assistance in South Sudan in 2013

  • Approximately 170,000 refugees from Sudan’s Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states fled to Unity and Upper Nile states in 2012

  • Returns to Abyei Area increased by 1,500 in January 2013

28 Feb 2013 description

WFP school meals are helping hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese students stay in school and build a brighter future, and WFP is working to help the young country's Ministry of Education build and sustain a national school meals system.

JUBA – As schools re-open for a new academic year in South Sudan hundreds of thousands of young children are looking forward to the nutritious meals provided by the World Food Programme (WFP).

28 Feb 2013 description
report Voice of America

February 27, 2013

AWEIL, SOUTH SUDAN — Awut Mayar has brought her baby to the nutrition center at Aweil Civil Hospital.

“My baby has been suffering from chest pain and diarrhea for a long time," she says.

"I was advised to come here, to the feeding center. I also tried to seek treatment at a pharmacy but the medicine did not work.”

Nearby, Aliai Madhieu says her infant son is doing much better since she brought him to the feeding center.

28 Feb 2013 description
report Small Arms Survey

This report documents weapons and equipment photographed in December 2012 during a reporting trip to the area of South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains controlled by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N). The photographs, most showing captured Sudanese government weapons, provide new insights into the military capabilities of both sides of the South Kordofan conflict.

28 Feb 2013 description
report Sudan Tribune

February 26, 2013 (JUBA) – An internal report obtained by Sudan Tribune has found that the majority of health facilities in South Sudan lack essential medicines.

The report, which looked at the distribution of medicines and medical supplies, discovered expired medicines at Juba’s central medical warehouse and state pharmacies worth over SSP 8 million.

28 Feb 2013 description

(Juba, 28 February 2013) The humanitarian community in South Sudan has been delivering lifesaving assistance to the civilian population, mostly women and children, affected by recent violent events in Jonglei State. To date, it has responded to the needs of over 23,000 people in Akobo County who have been affected by violence in Walgak on 8 and 10 February. It is also assisting 19,000 civilians in Pibor County whose lives have been at risk due to inter-communal violence and hostilities between the army and non-state armed actors in the past months.

28 Feb 2013 description
report Sudan Tribune

By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

February 26, 2013 (BENTIU) - Unity state’s minister for gender, child welfare and social development, Lubna Abdelgani, said Tuesday that the issue of girl’s being forced to marry before they are of a mature age needs to addressed.

Abdelgani urged those who had been trained in child abuse prevention strategies to work within their communities to tackle the issue.

28 Feb 2013 description

Highlights

The ETC Emergency Response Solution is providing services in the Maban and Yida common operational areas; however technical problems are being experienced in Yida. Support on programming radios for humanitarian organizations is on-going.

27 Feb 2013 description

26 February 2013- Demonstrating the commitment of UN Police (UNPOL) to peace building efforts in Jonglei State, UN Police Commissioner Fred Yiga traveled to the state capital Bor today.

The UNPOL chief met with the Inspector General of South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS), General Pieng Deng Kuol, and Jonglei Acting Police Commissioner Brig. Gei Manyang.

Introducing the Jonglei UNPOL team to the SSNPS leadership, Mr. Yiga said they would train the state’s auxiliary police in Protection of Civilians.

27 Feb 2013 description

26 February 2013 – Assessing peace and stability that had been achieved in Northern Bahr El-Ghazal, UNMISS Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (PDSRSG) visited the border state today.

“I came to meet for the first time with His Excellency the governor in order to understand the situation,” said PDSRSG Raisedon Zenenga, after meeting State Governor Lt. Gen. Paul Malong Awan in the state capital Aweil.

27 Feb 2013 description
report Miraya FM

(25th February 2013) - A group of 10 doctors from the United States of America has started conducting surgical operations on patients in Morobo County, Central Equatoria state.

The Doctors who are from the Pacific North Surgical outreach will spend seven days carrying out the free procedures in collaboration with the South Sudan Christian outreach Ministry.

Radio Miraya reporter John Lomoro is in Morobo and says the team is operating on patients with tumors and minor ailments.

27 Feb 2013 description
report Miraya FM

(22nd February, 2013) - Communities in Kapoeta, in Eastern Equatoria State have begun receiving food items to help ease a hunger situation in the area.

The Commissioner of Kapoeta South, Martin Lorika, said a company known as 'Edward for Industrial and Commercial limited' has donated 33 tons of food items including flour, lentils and rice.

27 Feb 2013 description

In September 2009 the United Nations Development Programme in conjunction with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) launched the Crisis Recovery Mapping Analysis project (CRMA) to provide a mechanism to build the capacity of the National Bureau of Statistics and state level ministries to collect and map data, analyse the security context and support conflict-sensitive planning.

27 Feb 2013 description
report UNOPS

UNOPS is providing emergency infrastructure services to help humanitarian organizations maintain supply routes to more than 180,000 refugees in remote areas of South Sudan.

Background

Upper Nile State is in the northeast corner of the newly independent South Sudan. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), it contains 110,000 people who have sought refuge in the area after fleeing south from Sudan and the current conflict in the surrounding border areas.

27 Feb 2013 description

HIGHGLIGHTS

  • Investigated a suspected measles outbreak in Alaka and Foukara payams, Renk County

  • Coordinated with ICRC,MSF NDH and SMOH Jonglei state to ensure that the injured people in Walgak access life saving surgery.

  • During this reporting period, the program supported all the states to conduct support supervision visits to the states to conduct AFP case search.

  • Supported ACROSS with assortment of drug and other medical supplies to respond to health needs of the refugees in Ngorom and Lasu Refugee camps.

26 Feb 2013 description

White maize is the main staple grain consumed in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In Uganda, white maize is grown mainly as a commercial crop for export in the region. Imported rice is a major staple for Djibouti and Somalia, which mainly consume belem—the imported red rice. Tanzania is also a major producer and source of rice in the region while Kenya and Uganda are minor producers.