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- Sudan/South Sudan: Measles Outbreak - Mar 2015
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People falling ill from eating grasses and weeds
Oxfam today called for urgent action to prevent millions of people being hit by famine in South Sudan. The warning follows a report last week from the Famine Early Warning Network (FEWSNET) which said that a fifth of households in Pibor could already be classed as hitting famine levels of hunger. Four years of conflict have depleted food stocks and severely weakened the ability of communities across the country to withstand shocks.
By Parvin Ngala
WASH Advisor Parvin Ngala shares how Oxfam is working with others to turn solid waste into valuable energy in some of Uganda’s refugee settlements.
Jess Fullwood-Thomas reports back from South Sudan on Oxfam’s work with local partners rebuilding livelihoods, tackling gender inequality and promoting good governance.
I’ve recently returned from South Sudan where Oxfam is supporting communities to cope with the ongoing crisis that has left four million people displaced and thousands killed. The last four years have decimated a country that only a short time ago was brimming with the promise of independence and shaping a future on its own terms.
This report shares Oxfam’s experience with a water treatment plant community-led operator in Juba, South Sudan. It contributes to the debate on the role that communities can play in the process of managing water supply systems amid protracted crises. The report gives guidance on how to support professionalization of community services by providing business, governance and institutonal support, and calls on donors and implementing agencies to develop WASH programmes which consider medium-term institutional support that ensures sustainability and pro-poor accessibility.
by Tim Bierley
In the middle of war, even the simple solutions to staying healthy can feel impossible. In South Sudan, Oxfam is bringing education and resources to communities to help save lives - every day.
Working with local humanitarians in South Sudan, we're saving lives by helping provide clean water and public health promotion.
“Whenever I arrive for work, people always shout ‘This is the man who has come to keep us alive!’” smiles 37-year-old plumber Gatkuoth as he lays down his wrench. Another day’s work is complete; another pump flowing with water.
By Tim Bierley
Four million displaced and thousands killed. The brutal four-year civil war in South Sudan has put millions of people in a quagmire of poverty, severe hunger, and death. Oxfam aid worker Tim Bierley shares some of the horrific stories that have become commonplace in the country.
South Sudan’s independent history is short, but most of it has been spent at war. In December 2017, the country marked four years of devastating conflict and today, only a few months later, it has reached another critical point: more South Sudanese are hungry than ever before.
In response to the latest Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) update on South Sudan's food security situation, Oxfam’s Country Director in South Sudan Ranjan Poudyal said:
"4.8 million people in South Sudan are facing severe hunger in the middle of the harvest season. This is an ominous sign of a food crisis fast spiralling out of control and urgent action is needed. That is almost 1.5 million people more than the same time last year. By 2018, 300,000 more people will be severely hungry - unless planned assistance is further strengthened.’’
Wild plants are a critical part of the regular South Sudanese diet and become even more important during the lean season. This paper explores seasonal consumption patterns and recent significant changes in those patterns in Panyijar County, Unity State during the acute food crisis in 2017. It provides information on local preferences and health perceptions of wild foods, and reconsiders the idea that wild food consumption is primarily a coping strategy.
From borehole drilling to peacebuilding Oxfam partners in South Sudan are responding to people’s needs in ways that only local organisations could. Tim Bierley reflects on the strengths of Oxfam’s South Sudan partnerships.
A review of recent humanitarian interventions that support local markets in emergency contexts revealed a limited scope and breadth of this type of activity. While many agencies show good creativity and understanding of market systems in emergencies, most activities are in the form of small grants to traders, to help them recover and to facilitate access to markets for disaster-affected communities. Such support includes small and large, formal and informal traders, but does not often go beyond grants, although sometimes trainings and other “soft support” are provided.
One year on from the historic United Nations summit for refugees and migrants, the international community has failed to make meaningful progress towards meeting the goals of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, Oxfam said today.
The Declaration, first adopted last September, reaffirmed the responsibility of all nations to refugees, and laid out a two-year deadline for countries to develop and agree on a “global compact” that would make these commitments a reality. But 12 months on, there has been no improvement in refugee crises around the world.
In South Sudan, Oxfam has introduced the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map water and sanitation facilities across conflict-hit Wau. This has enabled Oxfam and partners to better monitor and coordinate activities – and has the potential to maximize opportunities to develop sustainable water sources.
With the world on the brink of an unprecedented four famines, donor countries must urgently step up efforts to tackle the structural causes of hunger and poverty. Food security and sustainable agriculture are among the European Union’s key priorities for development cooperation. The EU is committed to longterm solutions, including empowering smallholders, in particular women, and supporting environmentally sustainable approaches in agriculture. In practice, however, its development aid to the agricultural sector does not live up to its commitments.
1 THE PROJECT
Globally, policies and international standards on gender in emergencies do exist. However, the implementation of humanitarian assistance with a strong gender perspective remains ad hoc, with limited accountability of implementing agencies.
This project: Institutionalizing Gender in Emergencies: Bridging Policy and Practice was designed to explore how to better institutionalize gender-related standards in humanitarian assistance.
This final evaluation report reviews the project ‘Institutionalizing Gender in Emergencies: Bridging Policy and Practice in the Humanitarian System’, which was funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations – Enhanced Response Capacity fund (ECHO-ERC) and implemented by Oxfam in Pakistan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Dominican Republic between September 2015 and March 2017.
In response to the new IPC figures that show that famine has been pushed back in the two counties of Leer and Mayendit (which have now gone from being in famine to humanitarian crisis), Sara Almer, Oxfam South Sudan Country Director, says: