The Social Mobilization Campaign for mass screening of children under 5 for malnutrition in Juba County was officially launched on 14 October, with screening, referral and treatment now currently ongoing. The Social Mobilization Campaign, part of the Joint WFP-UNICEF Nutrition Scale Up, is spearheaded by the State Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF. This campaign aims to screen 590,175 children under 5 years old for malnutrition in Juba County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap States.
A high-level Education in Emergency (EiE)stakeholder discussion was held on 16 October to review the current EIE response, challenges and ways to scale up in 2015. A Joint Commitment was issued by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, UNICEF and Save the Children to provide increased access to quality basic education to out of school children affected by the current crisis.
Heavy rain in Bentiu PoC again halted the efforts to improve sanitation, and brought latrine coverage in two sectors of the PoC (PoCs 2 and 3) back to zero. To mitigate this situation, in the short term WASH partners are distributing and promoting disposable bags which are designed to be used inside houses in such emergency situations.
The situation for humanitarian workers is becoming increasingly perilous, with two ethnically-targeted attacks in the past two weeks. Insecurity has become a major programme constraint, including for the on-going integrated vaccination campaign in conflict-affected areas.