South Sudan

Standardised Expanded Nutrition Survey (SENS) Final report - Yida settlement & Ajuong Thok refugee camp Ruweng State South Sudan (Survey conducted: October/November 2016)




Yida refugee settlement and Ajuong Thok refugee camp are located in Pariang County of Ruweng State in South Sudan. The refugees are from South Kordofan State of the neighbouring Sudan where there is ongoing fighting between the rebel group Sudan People’s Liberation Army – North (SPLA-N) and the Sudan government’s Sudan Armed Forces (SAF). At the time of the survey, the refugee population in Yida refugee settlement was 60,157 while Ajuong Thok had a population of 39,217. According to the UNHCR led Standardised Expanded Nutrition Survey (SENS) in 2015 and corroborating the data with the UNHCR proGres database, 25.9% of the Yida population is children under 5 years while the same age group accounts for 22.7% of the Ajuong Thok population.
The nutrition survey was conducted between October and November 2016. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) led and coordinated the survey in collaboration with the World Food programme, Samaritan’s Purse (SP) and Africa Humanitarian Action (AHA).
The survey objectives are as outlined below;

Primary objectives:

  1. To measure the prevalence of acute malnutrition in children aged 6-59 months.

  2. To measure the prevalence of stunting in children aged 6-59 months.

  3. To determine the coverage of measles vaccination among children aged 9-59 months.

  4. To determine the coverage of vitamin A supplementation in the last 6 months among children aged 6-59 months.

  5. To assess the two-week period prevalence of diarrhoea among children aged 6- 59 months.

  6. To measure the prevalence of anaemia in children aged 6-59 months and in women of reproductive age between 15-49 years (non-pregnant).

  7. To investigate IYCF practices among children aged 0-23 months.

  8. To determine the population’s access to, and use of, improved water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.

  9. To determine the ownership of mosquito nets (all types and LLINs) in households.

  10. To determine the utilisation of mosquito nets (all types and LLINs) by the total population, children 0-59 months and pregnant women.

  11. To establish recommendations on actions to be taken to address the nutrition situation in Ajuong Thok and Yida refugee locations.

Secondary objectives:

  1. To determine the coverage of therapeutic feeding and targeted supplementary feeding programmes for children 6-59 months.

  2. To determine enrolment into Antenatal Care and coverage of iron-folic acid supplementation in pregnant women.