WFP South Sudan Situation Report #192, 1 September 2017
Visit of the newly appointed USAID Administrator to South Sudan to witness WFP, UNICEF and IOM projects funded by the United States.
As part of its approach to strengthen food for education and nutrition activities as safety nets in the Equatorias, WFP initiated its School Meals Programme in Yei.
- Newly appointed USAID Administrator, Ambassador Mark Green visited South Sudan on 1 and 2 September 2017. As part of the visit, he traveled to Wau with WFP and IOM, to observe USAID-funded nutrition and food assistance activities supporting malnourished children and other vulnerable people living in the protection of civilians (POC) site. In Juba, WFP led the delegation through its warehouse and logistics hub, where they were shown first-hand the logistics operation that delivers life-saving food assistance across the country.
WFP Response Food and Nutrition Assistance
During the past week, as part of WFP’s response in the Equatorias to establish school meals and health centers as safety nets for the population, WFP initiated its School Meals Programme in Yei. A total of 108 participants representing 27 schools received training and orientation on the implementation of food for education. Each school also received the first consignment of food commodities (cereal, pulses, oil, and salt). The Yei school meals programme aims to support 10,000 school children with 147mt of food until the end of the school year in December.
The Bentiu POC was the latest location where WFP launched its Complaints and Feedback Mechanism (CFM), as part the of its activities to implement Accountability to Affected Populations. The roll-out is expected to continue across operational areas in South Sudan.
Currently, there are 9 integrated rapid response mechanism (IRRM) teams deployed in Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile states, providing life-saving food and nutrition assistance to about 200,140 people, including 38,700 children under the age of five. WFP plans to deploy an additional 21 missions in the coming six weeks, assisting approximately 373,000 people.
Over the past week, IRRM teams have successfully completed distributions in Mayendit,
Dablual, Thaker, and Rubkuay in Unity State.
Despite heavy and continuous rainfall across the country which makes most of the main routes difficult to access or impassable, WFP continues to deliver food and nutrition commodities by all means possible – by road, air and river – across South Sudan. WFP has dispatched 224,400mt of food since the beginning of this year.
In response to the increasing needs in Western Equatoria State, WFP delivered 221mt out of the 900mt planned mixed food commodities to the region- enough to assist approximately 13,200 people.