For more than twenty years, Action Against Hunger has worked with vulnerable populations in Sudan’s South, responding to the region’s high malnutrition rates, lack of clean water, and chronic food insecurity. After claiming independence in 2011, the Republic of South Sudan faced both emergency situations and long-term development challenges. These problems continue today—in 2013, over four million people in South Sudan are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, including food aid.
The unstable political situation greatly contributes to South Sudan’s dire humanitarian situation. Ongoing tensions between Sudan and South Sudan and internal violence have substantially increased the number of refugees and internally displaced people in the country. Because they have extremely limited means to provide for themselves, displaced people suffer from high rates of malnutrition and food insecurity, and they stretch the already fragile resources of the nation’s host population.
Resources are scarce because natural disasters, seasonal changes, and the closure of the border with Sudan lead to high food prices and recurring food shortages. But the nation has great agricultural potential, which we are growing through our food security and livelihoods programs. We’re also providing people with clean water through water points, building hundreds of latrines, and teaching communities good hygiene practices.
Providing sustainable solutions to hunger
Hunger and undernutrition are persistent problems, so our biggest priority in South Sudan is nutrition and health treatment. In 2012 alone, nearly 30,000 malnourished people in the 43 counties where we work received lifesaving nutrition treatment. While South Sudan’s nutritional challenges are daunting, we’re collaborating with international partners and the national Ministry of Health to create sustainable solutions to hunger.
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