In 2015, thanks to the funds acquired from ECHO and the Common Humanitarian Fund PAH has the chance to carry out immediate aid activities in communities affected by natural disasters, conflicts and sudden outbreaks of cholera.
In 2014 the Emergency Response Team (ERT) carried out a total of 10 interventions, two of which took place in regions affected by outbreaks of cholera epidemics – Ikwotos and Juba, and two in UN IDP camps – Bor and Bentiu.
The ERT’s activities are focused on repairing wells, installing solar panels next to the systems that pump water up from underground aquifers, training local promoters of hygiene and sharing best practices, constructing latrines and hand washing stations, as well as distributing NFIs – Non-Food Items – jerry cans, buckets, water purification tabs, soap, filters, and other hygiene products, mosquito nets, blankets, plastic sheets, and other products used in repairing destroyed houses.
In just 2014 PAH’s help reached a total of more than 87.000 people, both among local communities and IDPs looked after by them – the ERT repaired 67 wells, built 308 latrines, trained 219 local hygiene promoters, and distributed NFIs to 66.510 people.
WASH technicians carry out series of biological tests of water quality so that the wells repaired serve the beneficiaries as well and as safely as possible.
Currently, PAH is the leader of the WASH cluster in the Jonglei state.
Each intervention requires complex, meticulous logistics, researching the issues of security, close collaboration between the partners, co-operation with the local authorities and community leaders, and finally – significant financial outlays. Since the forces of the government and the opposition are still fighting in Jonglei, each trip made to help the civilian communities brings with it a risk to the life and health of PAH’s employees. It is impossible to reach the locations selected for interventions, employees use air transport and spend up to several weeks away from the base in temporary camps.
In South Sudan there are nine local NGO employees per one foreign NGO employee. The PAH intervention team is composed of qualified and highly-motivated Sudanese who spare no efforts while working for the benefit of communities that are vulnerable to all sorts of threats.