Institution: South Sudan Red Cross

South Sudan

Responding to food crisis Responding to food crisis in East and Central Africa / Ethiopia / Kenya / Somalia / South Sudan Since the beginning of the conflict in 2013, millions of people are in need of food, healthcare, water and sanitation, and protection. War has resulted in innumerable lives lost and 1.9 million internally displaced. National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are racing to help stop the crisis. Red Cross staff and volunteers – who live in the communities under threat – are working to break this preventable cycle of drought, food shortage, disease and death. Recent news from South Sudan How bicycles help bring healthcare to remote communities in South Sudan When faced with the challenge of reaching people in remote communities sometimes the best option is also low-tech. Here’s how the Red Cross is delivering health care in South Sudan, with the help of bicycles. 30 June 2017 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 t … 1 May 2017 Our three key priorities are to: Reach remote and underserviced areas. Respond...

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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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