Officials of the Juba Teaching Hospital, South Sudan’s main hospital, have praised the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, for funding the installation of a solar-powered lighting system in their facility. The solar panels are expected to improve both the treatment of patients and the security of staff and assets.
The hospital’s Director-General, Dr. Isaac Klaito, says that staff have faced security challenges, especially at night, making it hard for nurses to carry out their duties in an effective way.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) and other partners, conducted a biometric registration (BMR) exercise in Koch town between 4 and 10 December 2017. WFP was last able to conduct a registration in early 2016 at which time 12,496 individuals in the area were identified to receive food assistance.
JUBA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 19 January 2018 – “I have just spent two days in South Sudan where I saw first-hand how four years of a man-made conflict have left children sick, hungry and on the brink of death.
“The impact of the relentless violence has been devastating. I met a mother who had to walk for days to get treatment for her malnourished baby. I spoke with a young boy who was forced to join an armed group at the age of 10. I also met two siblings who were separated from their parents when fighting broke out in their town, Bentiu, in 2014.
After nearly four years of civil conflict, South Sudan remains one of the most food-insecure countries in the world. By the end of the 2017 lean season in September—the period of the year when food is most scarce— approximately 56 percent of the country’s population was facing life threatening hunger and in need of humanitarian assistance, making 2017 the most food-insecure year in South Sudan’s history.
In December 2017, fighting between the government and the opposition forces was reported in Koch and Bieh (Unity), and in Raja (Western Bahr el Ghazal), displacing thousands of people. During the armed clashes on Raja-Wau road on 16 December, armed groups held six aid workers from two national and international agencies and displaced thousands of people from their homes to Wau town.
The number of humanitarian access incidents reported in December (111) was higher than in November (103), sustaining an increased average number of monthly incidents (111) reported in the second half of 2017. About 42 per cent of the incidents involved violence against humanitarian personnel and assets, while 33 per cent included operational inference, among the highest percentages in the year.
• Conflict, hunger and diseases, among other factors, forced more than 700,000 people to flee South Sudan as refugees to neighbouring countries in 2017.
• In 2017 over 1,159 humanitarian access incidents were reported by humanitarian actors in South Sudan, indicative of increasingly difficult times for aid workers in the country.
• Humanitarian partners working in Malakal PoC site in Upper Nile are stepping up response activities to address the incidence of people attempting suicide.
Refugees and IDPs received non-food items assistance from UNHCR across South Sudan in December 2017.
2,012 New arrivals registered in South Sudan in December 2017.
19,132 Refugees living in Pamir refugee camp as of 31 December 2017
Working with Partners
■ UNHCR works closely with the Government of South Sudan to deliver assistance and protection services to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
WASHINGTON, January 16, 2018 — The Board of Executive Directors today endorsed a new World Bank Group Country Engagement Note (CEN) in support of the Republic of South Sudan’s development objectives.
The CEN which will cover the next two years was informed by extensive consultations with key stakeholders. To maximize the impact of interventions, the CEN was designed keeping in mind the comparative advantage of the World Bank vis-a-vis those of other development partners engaged in South Sudan.
The April 2017 conflict in Wau resulted in the displacement of about 67,165 people. These people were displaced from Wau town and are currently living in POC (Protection of Civilian site) and other collective centers such as churches. WFP has been providing food assistance to these displaced populations on a monthly basis.
- Since the last update, one suspect case (a 14-year-old girl) was admitted in the treatment facility in Yirol West with fever and conjunctival injection. She is from Arwa Village in Yirol West (not Yirol East like the suspect cases reported previously) and has no linkage with the cases reported previously. Sample was collected and shipped for testing.
IOM conducted flow monitoring at various cross border points, transit areas, PoCs, and IDP Collective sites across South Sudan. During the reporting period, DTM tracked 6,011 individuals (59% female) transiting 13 active Flow Monitoring Points (FMPs). Flow monitoring captures the movement dynamics of the displaced population in the country.
January 17th, 2017 ― Doha: In response to the alarming humanitarian situation in South Sudan, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched a relief intervention to help the victims of famine in the war-torn country, at a total cost of $300,000.
Co-implemented by Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) and the World Food Programme (WFP), the programme involves delivering 187 tons of popular food items like maize, cereals, and vegetable oil.
The food supplies were procured from neighboring countries and stored at WFP's warehouses, in coordination with local authorities.
Armed clashes continue in violation of cessation of hostilities agreement
2018 South Sudan HRP calls for more than $1.7 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 6 million people
UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites
As of 11 January 2018, the total number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 204,172. This includes 114,245 in Bentiu, 24,424 in Malakal, 38,113 in Juba UN House, 2,296 in Bor, and 147 in the UNMISS base and 24,947 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau “.