Action Against Hunger has been working to help the 6 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in South Sudan

South Sudan

Since famine was declared in February, 2017, Action Against Hunger has reached 313,250 men, women and children. 


In July 2011, South Sudan achieved independence from the Republic of Sudan and became the world’s newest country. 

Although its independence was celebrated around the world with great hope, South Sudan is desperately underdeveloped, with very little basic infrastructure for education, health systems, safe water, functioning markets, or paved roads. About 80 percent of the population live in rural areas and rely on livestock and subsistence farming to survive.

South Sudan was thrown back into a full-scale civil war in December 2013 after tensions erupted between government and opposition forces. 

In February 2017, famine was declared in parts of Unity State, South Sudan. During this period, 45.2 percent of the country faced acute food insecurity at crisis levels or worse. 

Insecurity and conflict, exacerbated by lack of political solutions, continue to disrupt livelihoods in South Sudan. Fighting has forced two million refugees to flee to neighbouring countries and displaced 1.9 million people internally. Gender-based violence is rampant while bureaucratic impediments, looting, and attacks on aid workers hindered assistance and program delivery.

Today, 6 million people—more than half of the country's population—urgently require food assistance to meet basic survival needs, and 45,000 people in conflict zones are facing famine conditions.  


People we helped in 2017


A surge in assistance successfully averted famine in February, 2017, however the hunger emergency worsened. Acute malnutrition increased across South Sudan, reaching critical levels in several areas. Action Against Hunger conducted mid-year surveys indicating critical nutrition emergencies in Aweil East, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, and Fangak.

Throughout 2017, our teams implemented the following programmes:  

  • We provided lifesaving malnutrition treatment to 58,637 children under five.
  • We empowered mothers to improve care and feeding practices for infants and children and to prevent malnutrition.
  • Our food-for-assets programme delivered food assistance to 55,660 people.
  • We improved access to clean water and sanitation for 140,000 people.

Our specialised multi-sector emergency teams deployed four times to areas where there is no coverage, screening children and treating 4,500 acutely malnourished children. We conducted eight rigorous nutrition assessments,
helping quantify malnutrition prevalence in key areas.

We also conducted research exploring a combined protocol for acute malnutrition that we believe will provide practical and scientific evidence of better ways to address malnutrition.

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Malualkon, Norther Bahr El Gazal, Old Fangak, Paguir, Juba