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South Sudan Situation Report, 30 Aug 2019

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian organizations respond as needs increase in Kajo-Keji

  • Solar-powered, digital audio player launched to improve Ebola community engagement

  • The 19 August is World Humanitarian Day – this year it honours Women Humanitarians

  • Fighting triggers new displacement in Maiwut, Upper Nile

  • 22,000 internally displaced people from Wau PoC site returned to Wau town and other locations since 2018

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Humanitarian organizations respond as needs increase in Kajo-Keji

An inter-agency team under took a response mission to Kajo-Keji and the surrounding area in August, following increased humanitarian needs by displaced people, returnees and host communities. Emergency household items, food security and livelihoods support, and protection and health services were among people’s priorities. Health services were particularly poor. Some health centres were not functional. Others lacked medical supplies, especially antimalarial medicine, and there were no health referral means in many of the places assessed.

In Kangapo County, nearly 25,000 returnees, including refugee returnees, have been reported by the authorities. In Liwolo, Kerwa and Sokare some 36,000 returnees were said to have arrived, but some were unable to reach their final places of origin due to the presence of armed groups.
Refugee returnees from Uganda were arriving daily to Kajo-Keji, according the authorities, to maintain their homes and farms.
Some of them went back to Uganda, where they could rely on assistance, while some of them remained in the area.
Humanitarian organizations are working with the authorities to verify the number of returnees.
Humanitarian organizations have provided household items and shelter to almost 1,000 households in Kajo-Keji central and Liwolo.
In addition, more than 3,500 households in Kangapo and Mere counties have been verified and registered for household items and shelter support. In Mere County, organizations have also distributed water and sanitation materials, and several boreholes have been repaired.
Humanitarian organizations have distributed school materials to children and teachers in 10 functional schools in Kangapo and Mere counties, but there were an inadequate number teachers in nearly all the schools. Jelimo, Bori and Sokare primary schools were occupied by Government soldiers.
Training of farmers on better agricultural practices was ongoing in Korijo, Kangapo and Mere counties. At least 5,000 households were registered to receive agricultural tools and seeds for planting.
In Kajo-Keji town, the Government is planning to reopen the Out-Patient Department in Kajo-Keji main hospital with support from health organizations. Essential drugs and equipment have been delivered to the hospital. The authorities reported over 60 Government health workers who had fled the area during the conflict had returned to Kajo-Keji town.
The response team engaged with authorities to secure the necessary assurances regarding the safety of civilians reaching assistance, the safety and security of humanitarian workers, and the demilitarization of areas where assistance and protection was being provided.
In the past years, humanitarian presence in Kajo-Keji County has been intermittent due to a volatile security situation.
Humanitarian organizations were forced to withdraw from the area in 2016 when fighting escalated and staff were threatened. Currently, six humanitarian organization work in Kajo-Keji County.

Solar-powered, digital audio player launched to improve Ebola community engagement

Solar-powered, digital audio players have been launched to improve Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) community engagement and risk communication in South Sudan.

At least 400 players will be distributed to about 8,000 listeners in high-risk areas of Morobo and Yei counties of Central Equatoria by an international NGO, Africa Committee for Rehabilitation of South Sudan (ACROSS). The people will be organized in groups under ‘audio player leaders’, who are trained on using the equipment.

The gadget will be loaded with tailored risk communication and community engagement messages in local languages on EVD, hygiene practices, including hand hygiene, and nutrition. The programme will be integrated with the organization’s nutrition activities.

This is the first time that EVD risk communication and community engagement has used digital audio equipment in the country.

For nearly 10 years, ACROSS has been using the gadget in different locations in South Sudan to disseminate messages about peace building, water, sanitation and hygiene practices, health care and education. In Yei, Central Equatoria, and Rumbek in Lakes, the programme has improved teaching skills in primary schools through targeting of untrained teachers. While in Pibor, Jonglei, improved attendance at an antenatal health clinic was reported after broadcasting related programmes.

The Ministry of Health and humanitarian organizations have been working collectively on Ebola prevention and preparedness since the onset of the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Preparedness activities include vaccinating front-line health workers, educating people about prevention and response measures, conducting screening at multiple locations to help with early detection of cases, training personnel in infection prevention and control.

The risk of transmission of EVD into countries that share borders with DRC, including South Sudan, has been classified as “very high” by the World Health Organization.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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