The Shelter and Non-Food Items Cluster, which was launched in South Sudan in 2011, acts as a coordinating mechanism of partner organizations working to provide life-saving household items and shelter materials to conict and disaster affected people in South Sudan. Since the current conflict began in December 2013, Cluster partners have been working tirelessly to conduct flexible, timely and needs-based interventions for some of the most vulnerable and remote populations across the country. The Cluster continues to overcome severe logistics, security, access and resource constraints to reach those most affected by the violence and the lack of functioning markets in states like Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile.
The Cluster is led by IOM at the national level with the support of World Vision as Co-Lead. The common pipeline of shelter and NFI materials is also managed by IOM as part of its Cluster functions, and provides a reliable, cost-effective and steady stream of quality materials to partners for distribution to populations in need. There are 16 partners in the 2016 Cluster Response Plan, many of whom have the capacity to respond rapidly with mobile teams to needs across the country, and others with static presence in strategic locations that are often inaccessible.
Thus far in 2015, Cluster partners have served 138,629 households with NFI and 34,928 households with shelter materials. These achievements represent 96% and 115% of the respective targets in the revised Cluster Response Plan for 2015.
IOM’s frontline team together with FAO, UNICEF, WFP and the Logistics Cluster have transported, packed and coordinated the delivery of 27,843 survival kits to eld locations where sustained and full NFI interventions were not feasible. Survival kits include a combination of the following items: 1/2 kitchen set; 2 mosquito nets; 2 collapsible jerry cans; 2 AquaTab sachets; oral rehydration salts (ORS); shing kit; 2 packets of fast-growing vegetable seeds; 4 BP5 packets or 18 High Energy Biscuits; an IOM blue storage bag.