South Sudan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 9 | 30 September 2018
• A 5-day Integrated Rapid Response Mission in Baggari has been concluded.
• Conflict and insecurity through out the lean season push some 6.1 million people into hunger.
• Health partners intensified preparedness and response activities agaisnt Ebola in the wake of the Ebola Virus outbreak in DRC.
• Authorities in Greater Aweil area have reported that more than 20,500 households have been affected by floods in the area.
Scaling-up humanitarian response in Baggari area
On 23 August, the Humanitarian Coordinator led a high-level UN delegation to Wau, to advocate for unhindered and safe humanitarian access for aid organisations to reach people who are in desperate need. Following the visit, access to Baggari has significantly improved. From 5 to 9 September, a 5-day Intergraded Rapid Response Mission (IRRM) was conducted in the Baggari area. This was a crucial moment for thousands of civilians whose lives have been at risk due to intermittent fighting, displacement and access restriction. Over the past four months they have lacked any humanitarian assistance.
During the IRRM response, 13,297 people who were hiding in the bushes around Farajallah/Baggari received a 15-day food ration, while 2,800 pregnant and lactating mothers also received nutrition supplies (CSB++). Agricultural seeds and tools, and fishing kits were distributed to 2,600 families.
Some 1,750 highly vulnerable households received WASH and other non-food item materials including soap, water purification tablets, mosquito nets, plastic sheet and blankets. In addition, on site health and nutrition services were conducted during the IRRM mission.
Most of the affected civilian population feared to return to their homes due to presence of armed groups. The majority of the people who sought the humanitarian assistance were children and women. Aid workers who participated in the IRRM response reported that the humanitarian situation of the conflict affected people in Baggari is at an alarming point, and a sustained intervention is required to avert a worsening of the humanitarian crisis.
The health and nutrition team who participated in the IRRM response, reported that the Global acute malnutrition (GAM) rate of the children had passed the threshold of 15 per cent of the population. Compared to the GAM rate (3.3 per cent) in March 2018, this indicates how the situation of the civilians in Baggari has deteriorated over the past few months. Community leaders also reported the death of 11 civilians due to various illnesses in the period between June and August 2018. High prevalence of malaria, watery diarrhea and respiratory infection were the major causes of mortality, according to the health workers.