An estimated 30,000 people in South Sudan are currently at risk of famine. More than two million people have been forced to flee their homes since violent conflict erupted between government troops and rebel factions in December 2013, leaving them very vulnerable to food shortage.
Rachael*, 11 months, eats high nutrient peanut paste after being treated for Severe Acute Malnutrition at a Save the Children centre in South Sudan.
"For decades, we have been confronted with heart-breaking stories and images that have proved, beyond all reasonable doubt, that children are the most vulnerable when it comes to food insecurity - and, as a result, they suffer the most." Peter Walsh, Save the Children's country director in South Sudan.
How we are helping
- Overall, we have reached more than180,000 people, including almost 110,000 children, with life-saving care.
- We lead a national programme of family tracing and reunification with the help of 20 other NGO partners. We find unaccompanied and separated children, trace their families, and – whenever safe – reunite them with their families who are sometimes in other camps or elsewhere in the country. If this is not possible, owing to conflict in their hometown or not being able to locate their parents, children are placed in appropriate care, preferably with foster families.
- We have screened more than 51,000 children across South Sudan and found that nearly a quarter of them are suffering from malnutrition. In response we have set up centres to treat malnourished children with special therapeutic foods.
- We've been distributing seeds, tools and equipment to those who have lost their livelihoods as a result of the conflict, helping families to get back on their feet.
- We’ve been providing life-saving medicines and making sure that communities are educated on how to reduce the spread of cholera.
- In Nimule hospital alone, we have vaccinated more than 15,000 children against life-threatening diseases such as measles and polio.