Children face daily dangers in South Sudan as they flee violence across the country. Many families struggle to feed themselves, leaving children vulnerable to malnutrition. Without access to clean water, they are at risk of a range of illnesses leaving them which can dramatically worsen their condition.
With the recent announcement of famine in parts of South Sudan, it is even more critical that our ongoing programs to protect children from disease and provide access to safe and clean water continue across the country. UNICEF would like to thank the Government of Japan for their $3 million contribution to support our ongoing health, clean water and hygiene programs for children over the past year.
With the support of the Government of Japan, UNICEF has vaccinated children from polio and measles, protected and treated children for malaria and increased access to safe and clean water in communities across South Sudan.
Specifically, the Government of Japan has helped UNICEF South Sudan to:
- Vaccinate 67,878 of children under the age of 5 against measles in targeted areas.
- Vaccinate 75,521 children against polio in the Protection of Civilian camps and through Rapid Response Mechanisms.
- 70,963 children under the age of 5 were treated for malaria.
- Trained 100 health care providers on case management, prevention and referral of critically-ill patients for further care.
- Reach 165,435 people in conflict-affected areas with life-saving messages on health issues such as the use of bed-nets to prevent malaria through radio shows and demonstrations in the community.
- 16,500 people had access to safe water through new or rehabilitated boreholes.
- 12,640 people had access to safe water through rehabilitation of surface water systems.
- Over 50,000 people residing in cholera prone areas such as Juba, Bor and Wau benefited from the chlorine treatment of water.
- 22,684 people had access to sanitation facilities through the construction of communal latrines or household latrines.
- 5,250 pupils had access to water, sanitation and hygiene services in their schools.
Thanks to the Government of Japan for their continued support to improve the lives of children across South Sudan.