A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families

by International Medical Corps
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families

Project Report | Feb 20, 2014
International Medical Corps is Responding to the Ongoing Conflict in South Sudan

By Jason Graber | Resource Development Officer

Displaced People entering a camp in Malakal
Displaced People entering a camp in Malakal

International Medical Corps has been delivering humanitarian assistance in southern Sudan since 1994 and supporting communities across South Sudan since its independence in 2011. On December 15, 2013, heavy fighting broke out in the capital Juba and quickly spread, displacing 740,000 people across the country, and forcing tens of thousands more to seek refuge in neighboring countries.  This escalating violence in South Sudan has impacted the delivery of International Medical Corps’ lifesaving services in conflict areas, along with those of many other humanitarian organizations.

International Medical Corps shares the concerns of many in the humanitarian community that the ongoing and escalating conflict will have a devastating impact on civilians in South Sudan and hopes for a swift and permanent cessation of violence.  Unfortunately, despite a cessation of hostilities agreement that was signed by the Government of South Sudan and opposition leaders on January 23, the cease-fire was broken on February 18. Fighting has resumed in Malakal forcing numbers seeking refuge at the UN base to around 30,000 Internally Displaced People (IDP).  International Medical Corps is providing health and nutritional services to these vulnerable communities, and on February 18 alone, International Medical Corps medical personnel treated more than 100 people hurt in the conflict.

Julia Albert-Recht, Program Manager for International Medical Corps in Malakal says, “The renewed fighting is having a devastating knock-on effect for civilians in Malakal. Even inside the UN camp we have seen tensions begin to rise and we have seen fights break out between groups within the IDP camps.
 
Albert-Recht continued, “Yesterday, at our clinic, we helped a woman through a very difficult birth and delivered a beautiful healthy baby. If that had been this morning, their lives would be in real danger because we aren’t able to get out to help them. There are thousands of innocent families in Malakal who need health and nutrition assistance which they won’t get because of this latest round of fighting.”

Since heavy fighting began in December, it is estimated that the conflict has claimed over 10,000 lives. Seven of the country’s 10 states are affected by the violence, including Central Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, Jonglei, Lakes, Unity, Upper Nile, and Warrap. The United Nations refugee agency recently warned of severe strains on refugee camp populations in Uganda, while Ethiopia, Sudan, and Kenya also struggle to serve the influx of people. The humanitarian situation within South Sudan remains dire, with Internally Displaced People in camps urgently needing primary and emergency health care, water, hygiene, and sanitation and nutrition services, and shelter supplies. Tens of thousands more who are seeking refuge in very rural areas continue to lack access to assistance.

International Medical Corps is currently working in Juba, Maban, Awerial and Malakal, where tens of thousands of people are seeking refuge:

  •         In Juba, International Medical Corps has conducted more than 2,500 health consultations since January 6th at the UN House and Tomping camps. International Medical Corps is also working alongside WHO and UNICEF to vaccinate children under five and supporting the Ministry of Health in mass vaccination campaigns in the UN House camp. 
  •         In Malakal, where 30,000 are displaced, International Medical Corps has provided nearly 150 health consultations since January 25 for displaced people seeking refuge at a UN base and on the grounds of churches in town.  To thwart the spread of disease, we vaccinated 14,000 people for measles and 15,000 for polio.
  •         In Awerial, where nearly 100,000 are displaced, International Medical Corps has focused on smaller isolated communities that have so far received little or no help. Through mobile medical clinics, International Medical Corps is providing basic primary health care, maternal health and nutrition screenings and is now reaching displaced people living in makeshift camps around the villages of Yelakot and Kalthok.

International Medical Corps is collaborating with UNICEF to also begin providing comprehensive mental health and psychosocial support to survivors of trauma and gender-based violence and clinical case management in Malakal, Awerial, and Bor. International Medical Corps will continue to closely monitor the security and humanitarian situation across the country and in neighboring countries, and will seek to fill gaps in areas where access was previously limited or impossible. 

Checking a child for malnutrition
Checking a child for malnutrition
UN tank protecting the camp
UN tank protecting the camp
Displaced People hiding in the bush around Awerial
Displaced People hiding in the bush around Awerial

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Los Angeles , CA United States

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