Pochalla Anthropometric and Mortality Survey Final Report
12th – 22nd February, 2014
International Medical Corps has been present in South Sudan since 1994, and working in Pochalla County since January 2009. International Medical Corps has supported eight health facilities in Pochalla County in delivery of the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) and invested in building the capacity of the County Health Department (CHD). Jonglei State is the most volatile and food insecure state in South Sudan, with a long history of inter-communal violence. Pochalla is located in the eastern part of Jonglei State, bordering Ethiopia, and is one of the most physically isolated Counties in the State. Much of its territory is located between two rivers, Akobo to the east, and Oboth to the west. The County is only accessible by road from December/January to April. Thereafter, there is excessive flooding in the region, making travel, even by bicycle, difficult. The main ethnic group in Pochalla is Anyuk, an agricultural society.
International Medical Corps began providing health services in seven Primary Health Care Units (PHCUs) and one Primary Health Care Center (PHCC) of Pochalla County in 2009. To this day, International Medical Corps remains the only INGO supporting the provision of life-saving health care in Pochalla County, and one of the few providing any kind of services in the County. Due to insecurity caused by rebel activities (kidnapping, shooting, and looting), Pochalla was unable to receive WFP food rations in 2013.While most families depend on farming for their primary nutrition needs, there were reports of floods affecting all Payams (Akoyi, Adongo, Burator); a total of 6520 persons affected, 600 acres of food crops and 640 houses destroyed, according to the RRC in Pochalla county.
In July 2013 IMC carried out a rapid nutrition assessment where 684 children aged between 6 and 59 months were screened. Out of the 684 children screened, 78 of them were moderately malnourished while 22 were severely malnourished based on the MUAC cut-offs. Through CHF funding in 2013 and 2014, IMC established 3 OTP sites and 1 functional SC in Pochalla PHCC.