March 2020 - An estimated 7.5 million people across South Sudan are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection as a result of armed conflict, food insecurity, malnutrition, economic decline and disease. Approximately 1.5 million people are internally displaced within South Sudan and almost 2.2 million South Sudanese have sought protection in neighbouring countries. An estimated 6.4 million people are currently severely food insecure, with malnutrition rates over emergency thresholds. Outbreaks of communicable diseases have strained an already overwhelmed health system.
With GAC’s support, Doctors Without Borders Canada is providing emergency health services for up to 164,000 conflict-affected people in Upper Nile and Jonglei states in South Sudan. Project activities include: (1) providing primary health care, including 32,500 outpatient consultations and vaccinating 30,000 children; (2) providing sexual and reproductive healthcare services, including 5,500 postnatal consultations and 2,600 assisted deliveries; and (3) providing secondary healthcare services, including 4,000 inpatient admissions and treating 900 malnutrition cases with therapeutic feeding.
The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved equal access to a comprehensive package of primary health care for conflict- affected populations; (2) improved access to sexual and reproductive health services for women, and men; and (3) improved equal access to a secondary healthcare services for conflict-affected populations.
The expected ultimate outcome is lives saved, suffering alleviated and human dignity maintained in countries experiencing humanitarian crises or acute food insecurity.