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. 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 supporting communities in the five most vulnerable states of South Sudan — Unity, Jonglei, Upper Nile, Warrap and Northern Bahr El Ghazal.
- Since January, we’ve deployed multiple nutrition, food security, and water and sanitation experts. Our dedicated Nutrition Emergency Team is currently working to identify and meet fast-growing nutrition needs. We have set up an Outpatient Therapeutic Programme 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 are suffering the most and what needs to be done 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.
- In May 2014, our Emergency Cholera Team was deployed in response to a cholera outbreak in the capital city of Juba. They began hygiene assessments and cholera-awareness trainings upon their arrival. Now that the outbreak has slowed in the capital, our team has begun transition planning to determine how these efforts can be incorporated into our ongoing operations in Juba.