HIGHLIGHTS - Since April 2015, UNHCR has been providing over 110 satellite phone call services to some of the South Sudanese displaced in the Protection of Civilian (POC) site in Wau (Western Bahr el Ghazal State) helping families restore contact with their relatives among four of South Sudan's ten states. These satellite calls help IDPs to talk with their families across conflict frontlines and to discover family members they thought were killed in the conflict. Each family is provided with a ten minute time slot, with UNHCR personnel supervising at both ends. Additional time is made available to traditional chiefs and women's representatives to enable them to discuss humanitarian needs.
Integrated polio and measles vaccination campaigns have been successfully completed in Kaya, Gendrassa and Yusuf Batil refugee camps (Upper Nile State) with 100 per cent coverage. The vaccination campaign was conducted by UNHCR partners Medair and International Medical Corps (IMC) in cooperation with UNICEF, WHO and the County Health Department/Ministry of Health.
UNHCR Branch Office in Juba has opened a new reception centre, which will be used for registration of new arrivals, refugee status determination, and individual counselling of refugees. Thirty individuals were attended in the first week.