South Sudan

Nutrition Survey Final Report - Upper Nile Refugee Camps, South Sudan, Oct-Nov 2015



Maban County is located in Upper Nile State in the North East of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS). The refugee caseload is composed of Sudanese fleeing from the conflict in Blue Nile State, residing in four camps: Doro, Yusuf Batil, Gendrassa and Kaya (previously Jamam). The region is a semi-arid desert with sparse vegetation and no surface water. The climate is harsh with extreme temperatures during the dry season and flooding at the rainy season.

The survey was conducted during the beginning of the dry season from 21st October to November 5th 2015. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) coordinanted the survey in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP), The United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Medical Corps (IMC), Samaritan’s Purse (SP), MEDAIR , Relief International (RI).Medecin Sans Frontieres-Hollande (MSFH) and Medecin sans Frontiere – Belgium (MSFB) provided remote support in terms of materials.


Primary objectives: To:

  1. Measure the prevalence of acute malnutrition in children aged 6-59 months;

  2. Measure the prevalence of stunting in children aged 6-59 months;

  3. Determine the coverage of measles vaccination among children aged 9-59 months;

  4. Determine the coverage of vitamin A supplementation in the last 6 months among children aged 6-59 months;

  5. Assess the two-week period prevalence of diarrhoea among children aged 6- 59 months;

  6. Measure the prevalence of anaemia in children aged 6-59 months and in women of reproductive age group between 15-49 years (non-pregnant);

  7. Examine IYCF practices among children aged 0-23 months;

  8. Assess household dietary diversity;

  9. Determine the population’s access to, and use of, improved water, sanitation and hygiene facilities;

  10. Determine the ownership of mosquito nets (all types and LLINs) in households;

  11. Determine the utilisation of mosquito nets (all types and LLINs) by the total population, children 0-59 months and pregnant women;

  12. Establish the crude and under 5 mortality rates; and

  13. Establish recommendations on actions to be taken to address the nutrition situation in Maban camps.