A High Level Delegation of UN Agencies and Members of the Donor Community Visited a Joint UN Recovery and Stabilisation Programme in Northern Bahr el Ghazal

08 December 2017, Aweil – A two-day high level UN-donor mission concluded in Northern Bahr el Ghazal Region (NBeG) following a visit to a joint UN Recovery and Stabilisation Programme which aims to address the multi-dimensional needs of people in the region.

Funded by Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, USAID and UKAID, the integrated joint programming is in line with the ‘New Way of Working’ in South Sudan. The programme will respond to food insecurity, malnutrition, basic services, livelihoods and local economic revitalization in targeted communities in NBeG.

The programme delivers life sustaining services and strengthens local agricultural systems to produce and market food, earn incomes, ensure the delivery of basic services and livelihoods skills for vulnerable women and youth. The approach is designed to support the recovery efforts of communities and to build resilience against future shocks.

Speaking at a meeting with local government and partners, the DSRSG/RC/HC/RR, Alain Noudéhou, who was leading the delegation, re-iterated the commitment of the international community to support the substantial humanitarian needs in the area.

He also commended the relative stability of the region, and welcomed the joint initiative by FAO, UNDP, UNICEF and WFP.  He underscored the importance of complementing humanitarian actions with multi-sectoral recovery and resilience building interventions.

The Deputy Governor of Aweil East and Acting Governor of Aweil State both commended the partnership and expressed appreciation for the support by the UN and the development partners.

“Our community is peaceful and I appeal to our partners to continue supporting us with development projects,” said Hon. William Ater Lual, the Acting Governor of Aweil East.

Hon. Lual Buolo, the Acting Governor of Aweil noted: “We face various challenges in the state and we are hopeful that we shall work as a team to address these issues,” he said.

The Ambassador of Japan, H.E Seiji Okada, said: “in a context of relative peace such as exists in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, there is a need to focus on a mix of agricultural projects to address the high food insecurity, institutional capacity building and vocational training for the youth.”

During the same meeting, H.E. the Ambassador of Norway, Lars Anderson, reiterated the need for capacity building at the community level and said: “while implementing this project, there is need for partners to prioritize the needs of women”.

The delegation also visited and met with implementing partners and beneficiaries of BRACE II Project (crop production) Nyoc Anoon, Aweil Vocational and Livelihoods Training Centre; Kuom Outpatients Therapeutic Programme (OTP); and Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme (TSFP); and Hai Salaam Women’s market and women run milk bars in Aweil.

The recovery and stabilisation project is implemented in partnership with Joint Aid Management International (JAM); Action Against Hunger (ACF); Concern Worldwide (CWW); World Vision; Help Restore Youth (HeRY); International Rescue Committee (IRC); Premiere Urgency International (PUI) and MEDAIR.

The delegation included UN agency representatives from FAO, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, UNMISS and WFP, as well as representatives from the donor community including Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States.

IOM Director General Condemns Attack on Humanitarian Convoy in South Sudan

IOM Director General, William Lacy Swing, today condemned an attack on a humanitarian convoy in South Sudan on 14 March, which resulted in the death of two people and left three others injured.

“I unequivocally condemn the attack on IOM staff, health workers and civilians, who were assaulted during a lifesaving humanitarian mission in Yirol East County, South Sudan,” said Ambassador Swing.

While a convoy was returning to Yirol from a field mission on 14 March, one of the vehicles was ambushed by unknown armed gunmen. Tragically, two people died of gunshot wounds. Among the injured was an IOM health officer who sustained a gunshot wound but is currently in a stable condition.

“This tragic attack on aid workers and civilians is appalling. The assault took place in an area of South Sudan in dire need of assistance due to a deadly outbreak of cholera. In a country overwhelmed by the huge lack of basic necessities due to conflict, famine and health epidemics, these types of attacks undoubtedly harm the ability of humanitarian partners to provide assistance to millions in need of lifesaving aid,” Ambassador Swing added.

The identity and motivation of the attackers remain unknown.

A joint IOM health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) team of 12 had deployed to Yirol East County, in central South Sudan, on 17 February to provide assistance to communities affected by a cholera outbreak that began in early February, with more than 300 cases and 10 deaths reported to date.

IOM health staff were supporting four cholera treatment units in Yirol East County, working closely with health actors on the ground to ensure coordinated social mobilization activities. To mitigate the spread of cholera, IOM WASH staff also undertook borehole rehabilitation, hygiene promotion and distribution of hygiene supplies, including water purification tablets, reaching more than 25,000 people.

Across South Sudan, IOM is responding to the emergency needs of millions affected by the crisis that erupted in December 2013. Over 7.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance this year, including nearly 5 million facing severe food insecurity and 1.8 million displaced internally.

Amid an already difficult operating environment, insecurity and access constraints continually hinder the ability of IOM and other aid agencies to reach the most vulnerable in many parts of the country.

For further information, please contact Ashley McLaughlin at IOM South Sudan, Tel: +211 922 405 716, Email: amclaughlin@iom.int.   


WHO and partners scaling up measles vaccination to reach 2.3 million children in South Sudan

WHO South Sudan in partnership with the MoH, UNICEF and other partners including state directors general for health and Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) officers of all states, gathered from 17 to 21 January 2017 at Juba Grand Hotel to plan on how to reach 2.3 million persons with measles vaccines in the face of a difficult operating environment.

The experts planned and discussed training of  lower levels on micro plan development at Payam (village) level;  implementation of measles follow up campaign in all counties;  how to enhance the skills of the key personnel in the areas of advocacy, communication and social mobilisation for the campaign; managing  the cold chain system including  vaccine storage and ice packs distribution; strategies for implementation in high health risk/security compromised areas; strategies for increasing the capacities of the personnel involved on other important aspects of the  campaign namely: monitoring and supervision, data management, managing  clients with adverse events following immunization (AEFIs) and timely reporting AEFIs during the campaign as well as waste management .

Dr Makur M. Kariom, the Undersecretary at the Ministry of Health acknowledged WHO and partners’ role in organizing the planning of the campaign and urged participants to stay focused and determined in order to achieve a 95% coverage.

Over 80 persons from different agencies and state ministries will coordinate the planning as well as  monitor and supervise the measles follow up campaign at all levels. They will ensure the development of county and payam level micro plans prior to commencing the nation-wide measles follow up campaign in March 2017.  The campaign will target about 2.3 million children aged six months to 59 months with measles vaccine.

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