Institution: South Sudan Red Cross

2017 Community Engagement and Accountability – Good practices from around the world

This publication presents examples of community engagement and accountability initiatives being implemented by the Movement in both emergency and longer-term contexts. Our work in Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East stands testament to how community engagement and accountability is not only enabling us to better respond to the needs of the communities we serve but also in reducing their vulnerability and in building safer, more resilient communities.

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Lifting of famine in South Sudan a “precarious victory”

Geneva, 30 June 2017— The lifting of the famine classification for parts of South Sudan should be welcomed but must not obscure the “humanitarian catastrophe” that has enveloped the entire country, says a senior Red Cross official. “This announcement is testament to what can be achieved when resources are available and access is possible,” said Dr Michael Charles, the Head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Country Office in South Sudan. “But there is absolutely no room for complacency. South Sudan remains in the grip of a terrible humanitarian catastrophe.” Speaking in Geneva, Dr Charles noted that, although famine conditions are no longer present, 1.7 million people still face “emergency levels of hunger” – the level below famine. Across the country, six million people are food insecure. “The difference between “famine” and “emergency levels of food insecurity” is invisible to the naked eye,” said Dr Charles. “People are still in an appallingly difficult situation, and we are already seeing the permanent consequences of this food crisis, particularly on young kids.” More than one million children are acutely malnourished and there has been a steady increase of measles and other preventable diseases since the beginning of 2017. “Hunger beckons disease,” said Dr Charles. “Preventable, treatable diseases like measles, malaria and cholera are a potential death sentence for children who are malnourished,” he said” In...

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South Sudan: clean water brings happiness to rural women

By Pascal Ladu, South Sudan Red Cross Nyanut Akol lives in Wun-Ajok, around 12 kilometres from Kuajok town in north-western South Sudan. The 28-year-old used to walk for an hour every day to fetch unclean and potentially dangerous water directly from the river. “I used to walk for more than an hour to fetch water and I would return home exhausted. We never had enough water at home, because the long distances meant we only made the trip once a day,” Nyanut explained. But now, thanks to a borehole drilled by the South Sudan Red Cross, Nyanut and her...

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