Appeals & Response Plans
- South Sudan: Rift Valley Fever Outbreak - Dec 2017
- South Sudan: Floods - Sep 2017
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- South Sudan: Cholera Outbreak - Jul 2016
- South Sudan: Food Insecurity - 2015-2018
- South Sudan: Cholera Outbreak - Jun 2015
- Sudan/South Sudan: Measles Outbreak - Mar 2015
- South Sudan: Kala-azar Outbreak - Sep 2014
- South Sudan: Floods - Aug 2014
- South Sudan: Cholera Outbreak - May 2014
Maps & Infographics
Most read (last 30 days)
- Report of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan (A/HRC/37/71)
- Hungry for Peace: Exploring the Links Between Conflict and Hunger in South Sudan (February 2018)
- Nearly two-thirds of the population in South Sudan at risk of rising hunger
- A ‘silent killer’, maternal and neonatal tetanus, is causing deaths of mothers and newborns across South Sudan
- Humanitarian Coordinator calls for urgent action to avert worsening food crisis in South Sudan
PETER ARIIK KUOL
The Rumbek Field Office of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan has pledged to renovate a ten- room dormitory for girls at Rumbek National Secondary School. The project includes the construction of two ablutions and a kitchen.
Some beneficiaries of this project expressed optimism, saying the renovation will boost and improve girls’ education in the Western Lakes area.
• Since the last update of (1 March 2017), 73 new suspect meningitis cases including 13 deaths have been reported from Tont county. All the new cases are from Imurok payam, the most recent locus of transmission.
• Hence as of 5 March 2018, a total of 107 suspect meningitis cases including 28 deaths (26%) have been reported from lyire and Imurok payams, Torit county.
• These findings are consistent with a suspect meningitis outbreak in Torit county.
• On 18th Feb 2018, the Ministry of Health in Juba received a report from Jonglei state of a suspect foodborne disease outbreak in Bor Town.
• The cluster involved individuals that attended the Chol Riak Building Complex Inaugural ceremony at one of the hotels in Bor Town on 17 Feb 2018.
• The cases presented with fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, and acute watery diarrhoea from 17th to 20th Feb 2018 with 65% of the case presenting on 18th Feb 2018.
• Since the last update (of 24 February 2018), eight new suspect human RVF cases have been reported in Yirol East (5 suspect cases) and Yirol West (3 suspect cases). The samples have been obtained and shipped for laboratory testing.
• However, there are currently no suspect human cases on admission in Yirol East.
• During the week, one human sample tested RVF IgG positive. Thus, the cumulative for confirmed human RVF cases now stands at six (one RVF IgM+IgG positive and five IgG positive).
Famine (IPC Phase 5) remains likely in the absence of assistance
An estimated 5.3 million people, 48 percent of the population, are currently facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse acute food insecurity, despite the harvest and continued, large-scale assistance. Compared to past IPC analyses, this is the highest proportion of the population to be in need of emergency humanitarian assistance during the post-harvest period, and the first time no area is classified in Minimal (IPC Phase 1).
Water and sanitation is a basic human right for all. Yet, water scarcity affects more than 40 per cent of the global population (UN Report on Clean Water and Sanitation). Unfortunately, in countries like South Sudan, although completely preventable, water and sanitation-related diseases are among the top killers of children under five.
Six-year old, Mary, reaches for the water pump handle well above her head to fill her large jerry can with water. In one effortless motion, she hoists the jerry can onto her head balancing it on her head without her hands.
Latest South Sudan food security report projects worsening food crisis in the coming months. With many parts of the country moving closer to a 'catastrophe', a famine situation is likely without an urgent increase in aid. "South Sudan's food crisis levels are shocking," said Rehana Zawar, Norwegian Refugee Council's Country Director in South Sudan. "Alarm bells are ringing as the threat of famine is now more widespread than this time last year. Tens of thousands of families are at risk of starvation."
Contact: Emily Staub, Emily.Staub@CarterCenter.org, (404) 420-5126
PEOPLE IN NEED IN 2017: 7.6 M
PEOPLE TARGETED IN 2017: 6.2 M
PEOPLE REACHED BY THE END OF 2017: 5.4 M
In 2017, South Sudan’s conflict was in its fourth year, with civilians continuing to bear the brunt of a crisis marked by displacement, hunger and disease. Nearly 4.3 million people – one in three South Sudanese – have been displaced, including more than 1.8 million who are internally displaced and about 2.5 million who are in neighbouring countries. About 700,000 people left South Sudan in 2017.
Juba, 19 March 2018 – The Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan H.E. Seiji Okada and the Executive Director of Nurture South Sudan Kwany Dan Dau launched the project for construction of boreholes and latrines in Juba II, by signing a project grant contract on March 19, 2018. The project is going to benefit a poor population of approximately 22,000 people in Juba II, one of the suburbs of Juba City. This project is one out of many projects which the Government of Japan had offered as a Grassroots Assistance to people of South Sudan.
South Sudan’s political culture, including its current civil war, is international. This is due to the country’s history of mass migration and displacement, particularly during the last two civil wars from the early 1960s. By the end of the last century, approximately four million of its roughly ten million estimated residents had fled across South Sudan’s borders.
Background & Rationale
The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) is committed to supporting the prominent role women play in peace building and conflict resolution in South Sudan, Chief of Staff, Ambassador Berhanu Kebede has said.
Speaking during a workshop organized by the Women Bloc of South Sudan and supported by JMEC and UN Women in Juba on Wednesday, Ambassador Kebede said,
In 2017, the IOM Health Unit served more than 600,000 individuals across South Sudan, including residents of three Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites.
In 2017, MHPSS continued to off er counseling, psychological first aid, referrals, home visits and support group services to 14,743 children and 30,050 adults in four Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites and five IDP Collective Centers in the Wau area. IOM also expanded MHPSS interventions to host communities in 2017. In cooperation with the Ministry of Child, Gender and Social Welfare, IOM built a Social Center to provide comprehensive social work services in Wau town.
In 2017, Shelter-NFI Cluster (IOM as Cluster Lead Agency) provided assistance to aff ected populations in need of S/NFI assistance across South Sudan through shelter construction, rehabiliation, and upgrading; NFI distribution; and the coordinated mobile and static responses of 23 S/NFI humanitarian partners.
The Migration Management Unit supports the government of South Sudan to manage migration challenges and protect vulnerable migrants
76,294 Refugees and IDPs received nonfood items assistance from UNHCR across South Sudan in February 2018.
3,308 New arrivals registered in Unity in February 2018.
9,142 Refugees received meningitis vaccination in Ajuong Thok in February 2018
Working with Partners in 2018
■ UNHCR works closely with the Government of South Sudan to deliver assistance and protection services to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Years of conflict has impacted South Sudan, an estimated 4 million population has been uprooted including 1.9 million displaced since start of conflict in 2013; with up to 85 percent estimated children and women exposed to protection risks, hunger, diseases, and malnutrition. Armed conflict, economic crisis, and below average harvest contributed to deterioration of food security situation in South Sudan. An estimated 6 million (50 % of population) were severely food insecure (IPC Phases 3, 4, and 5). Localized famine was declared in Leer and Mayendit counties of Unity state in May 2017.
Medical support, counselling and awareness campaigns are bringing together women affected with HIV and helping them start their lives afresh.
By Pavithra S Rangan