The U.S. Government (USG) announces an additional $291 million for South Sudan
Donor conference in Oslo, Norway, garners approximately $600 million in new pledges for humanitarian funding
Relief agencies respond to increasing cholera cases in South Sudan’s capital
The international humanitarian community convened in Oslo, Norway, on May 20 for a pledging conference on South Sudan, hosted by the Government of Norway (GoN) in collaboration with the U.N. The conference garnered an additional $600 in pledged funding from several donor countries. As of May 21, international donors had provided approximately $702 million toward the emergency response in South Sudan, including $514 million in previously pledged funding, according to the U.N.
On May 20, the USG announced an additional $291 million in humanitarian assistance to address the current crisis in South Sudan, tripling total USG FY 2014 humanitarian funding to South Sudan to nearly $434 million. The new funding includes contributions from USAID/AFR, USAID/FFP, USAID/OFDA, and State/PRM.
Relief actors remain concerned regarding the spread of cholera in South Sudan, with nearly 190 cases and 9 deaths reported in Juba town, Central Equatoria State, as of May 19. The U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned of new reported, but unconfirmed, cases of cholera in Jonglei and Upper Nile states on May 20. The Government of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) Ministry of Health (MoH) and relief agencies are intensifying response activities to curb the spread of the disease.