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Sudan/Darfur: Action Against Hunger Responds to Major Humanitarian Crisis

Faced with the prospect of the crisis dragging on in Darfur, Sudan, Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF), a leading nutritional aid organization, is continuing its relief efforts. Our priorities are currently two-fold:

Nutritional Situation Remains Critical in South Sudan

According to 28 nutrition surveys implemented in southern Sudan in 2003, the estimated average prevalence of global acute malnutrition and severe acute malnutrition, expressed in Z-scores, were 20.8% and 3.6% respectively. In 2002, the estimated average rates of GAM and SAM were 26% and 5% respectively, suggesting an improvement of the nutritional situation in southern Sudan.

ACF Nutritional Surveys Uncover Concerns in South Sudan

Note that the situation in Kapoeta (Eastern Equatoria) and in Nyadin (Central Upper Nile) is of concern. Rates are above the emergency thresholds of 15%, and this after two years of relative security. Again, the reports and findings indicate that the cuases of malnutrition in southern Sudan are structural, and malnutrition should not be expected to wane with peace, should an agreement be finalized.

The Underlying Causes of Malnutrition in South Sudan

Action Against Hunger - USA, (ACF - USA) has carried out an assessment on the underlying causes of malnutrition in Old Fangak Payam of Upper Nile, southern Sudan. Please find the full report attached. While the assessment focused on one specific area of Upper Nile, it is likely that the main findings are applicable to southern Sudan in general: namely, the roots of malnutrition in southern Sudan are structural, and high malnutrition rates are likely to persist after a peace agreement is signed, should that be the case.

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