South Sudan

UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #56, 27 March - 9 April 2015

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  • Approximately 4,500 people have arrived to Malakal Protection of Civilian (PoC) site since 3 April due to inter-communal violence in Akoka, Bentiang, Lul and Rom. The new arrivals bring the total number of civilians in the site to close to 26,000. UNICEF is providing tents to accommodate the new arrivals. UNICEF and child protection partners are closely monitoring the situation fo children and potential cases of separation, while UNICEF and IMC are screening newly arrived children under 5 and referring cases of malnourished children to the existing nutrition facilities in the PoC.

  • A measles outbreak was declared in Bentiu PoC following 112 suspected and two confirmed cases. Suspected cases have been treated and active case searching, contact tracing and vaccination of close contacts conducted. An integrated measles and polio vaccination campaign was launched on 7 April targeting 34,300 children under 15, including vitamin A supplementation for children 6 months to 5 years. Preliminary results from the first two days of the campaign show 4,964 children vaccinated against measles and 5,512 polio with 2,547 receiving Vitamin A.

  • World Water Day was Commemorated in the last week of March 2015 with celebrations in Aweil, Malakal and Juba. Only 41 per cent of people have access to safe water in South Sudan. So far this year, UNICEF has provided 193,741 conflict-affected people with access to safe water.