For the first time in six years, a famine has been declared. This questionable honour falls to South Sudan, the world’s youngest country where war and economic collapse have left one million people on the brink of starvation. EU Humanitarian Aid is among the biggest donors of aid in South Sudan and has released €182 million for life-saving aid so far in 2017.
Alarming levels of malnutrition and an increase in malaria cases are putting thousands of lives at risks in South Sudan’s northern Bahr el Ghazal region. The limited availability of essential medication and the small number of staff in health facilities have made it very difficult for people to receive adequate treatment in time unless they have money to pay. Medair is one of the Commission’s humanitarian partners in the country.
Medair’s emergency response team has set up several nutrition clinics. The team also provides emergency water, sanitation, and hygiene services and has opened a malaria treatment centre in Aweil town.
Story by Diana Gorter for Medair
Photos by Albert González Farran for Medair