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$ 30 million urgently needed to address worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan as heavier rains and more flooding is expected in the coming months

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$ 30 million urgently needed to address worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan as heavier rains and more flooding is expected in the coming months

Save the Children aims to provide life-saving assistance to 918,500 extremely vulnerable children and 751,500 adults by December 31, 2021

JUBA, South Sudan, October 22, 2021 / APO Group / –

Save the Children and partners have stepped up their coordinated humanitarian response in South Sudan as flooding, conflict and persistent economic challenges continue to impact children and the most vulnerable.

The early seasonal rains caused rivers to overflow, flooding large areas and settlements in the hardest-hit states of Jonglei and Unity, accounting for about 58 percent of those affected, followed by states in the top -Nile, West and North of Bahr el Ghazal. . Some 100,000 people displaced by the 2020 floods have still not returned home and are taking refuge in the IDP camps of Bor, Mangalla and Mingkaman. According to the UN’s OCHA, 8.3 million people, including refugees, are in need of humanitarian assistance across the country.

The weakening health system, made worse by multiple shocks, including COVID-19, has also impacted the health and well-being of millions of people – with more children already in need of treatment for acute malnutrition in 2021. In addition, an estimated 2.8 million children (51 percent girls) are absent. of school in 2021, in addition to 98,500 school-age refugee children, of which 18,000 are out of school.

“These children need immediate child protection services against multiple risks, including recruitment by armed groups, psychosocial stress, family separation, violence, abuse and exploitation in 61 most affected counties. Said Rama Hansraj, Country Director for Save the Children in South Sudan.

According to initial assessments by Save the Children teams, the priority needs of people affected by the floods include food assistance, emergency shelter, non-food items, WASH services, hygiene kits, supplies and services. health and nutrition, protection services and dignity kits, and fishing kits to support livelihoods.

“Save the Children aims to provide life-saving and essential support to 918,500 extremely vulnerable children and 751,500 adults by December 31, 2021,” said Hansraj.

Save the Children has so far reached around 1 million people in September 2021 against a target of 1.6 million people by December 31, 2021 through programs targeting education, health (including WASH) , nutrition, child protection, food security and livelihoods.

Through the multi-year resilience program, Save the Children also implements educational programs in schools and youth centers by working with local authorities, primary, secondary and alternative education service centers (AES). to reach marginalized boys and girls to reduce dropout. rate in all six states.

“We provide incentives for volunteer teachers, training for volunteer trainers and government education officials, teaching and learning materials to increase enrollment and improve learning outcomes, replacement of teaching supplies. teaching and learning, renovating gender-specific toilets and water supplies, ”Hansraj disclosed.

Save the Children calls on donors to close the current funding gap to help partners alleviate the impact of floods, worsening conditions for children, and help build a more resilient society .

“To bolster these efforts, a total of $ 30 million is needed for the overall response – more than half of which is secure to date,” Rama concluded.

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