What we are doing
Action Against Hunger is meeting urgent humanitarian needs of populations in four states of South Sudan: Jonglei, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap and Central Equatoria (Juba). We are reaching more than 349,500 people with lifesaving emergency food and nutrition programmes, as well as livelihoods and water and sanitation interventions. Our multisector emergency team is also responding on the frontlines of the widespread food crisis, supporting emergency assessments and lifesaving humanitarian action where it is most needed.
- Our dedicated Nutrition Emergency Team is working around the clock to identify and meet fast-growing nutrition needs. We have set up Outpatient Therapeutic Programmes so malnourished children can access urgently needed treatment. We are also working in collaboration with partner organisations to enhance their capacity to diagnose, treat and prevent acute malnutrition in children.
- Our Surveillance Emergency team is travelling around the country to assess the nutritional needs of children in South Sudan. We are at the front lines of collecting nutrition data to determine where children have the highest rates of malnutrition and what we and the wider international community needs to do to help them in their communities.
- We also address waterborne illnesses that contribute to malnutrition. Our water, sanitation, and hygiene teams construct wells so communities have access to clean water. We build latrines for displaced families to help promote safe sanitation practices and train people on the importance of daily hygiene to prevent sickness.
- And our food security and livelihood teams prevent hunger in the short-term with food and cash transfers, and ensure that crops can be replanted and livestock restocked in the future. We work to improve dietary diversity, staving off malnutrition with a richer, more diverse diet.
But the humanitarian situation is catastrophic. Hunger and undernutrition are persistent problems, so our biggest priority in South Sudan is focused on nutrition treatment to save the lives of children.