What we are doing
Our presence in South Sudan today is as vital as it has ever been, and our emergency programmes highlight this need. After claiming independence in 2011, the Republic of South Sudan faces both emergency situations and long-term development challenges. Our scaled-up emergency nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene programmes, alongside our long-term nutrition and food security programmes tackle the ongoing food crisis in South Sudan head on.
We are currently responding to high malnutrition rates, lack of access to clean water, and chronic hunger in the five most vulnerable states of South Sudan — Unity, Jonglei, Upper Nile, Warrap and Northern Bahr El Ghazal.
- 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.