• Malnutrition rates remain high as South Sudan approaches the end of the lean season, with the number of people targeted for humanitarian assistance in 2017 having increased from 5.8 million to 6.2 million as per the mid-year review of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). UNICEF dispatched US$ 2.3 million worth of nutrition supplies in August to address the current critical situation.
• The month of August has seen high levels of insecurity in the country, with fighting reported in all states of Greater Upper Nile and Greater Equatoria leading to population displacement. UNICEF is providing support to internally displaced populations through static programmes, outreach and the Integrated Rapid Response Mechanism (IRRM).
• Following high incidence of cholera in the first half of 2017, the number of reported cholera cases has been on the decline in the month of August. As at 20 August, 15,882 cholera cases and 274 cholera-related deaths have been reported in 2017, with a case fatality rate of 1.7 per cent. UNICEF and partners continue to provide critical cholera prevention and response in key hotspots across the country.