South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, descended into civil war in December 2013 forcing millions of children from their homes. Our teams have been on the ground doing whatever it takes to get life-saving aid to these desperately vulnerable children. We've delivered essential health supplies, helped to get children back into the classroom, reunited families, and provided psychosocial support to children affected by the violence. None of this would have been possible without the incredible generosity of our supporters, who donated £347,000 to our crisis appeal, helping us to reach over 180,000 vulnerable children and their families.
Joseph*, 7, lives fled the fighting in South Sudan and is currently living in a refugee camp in Uganda. There, thanks to your support, we have been able to provide a safe space where he can play and learn to enjoy childhood again. *name changed to protect identity.
How have we helped?
- Overall, we have reached over 180,000 people, including almost 110,000 children, with life-saving care.
- We have screened over 51,000 children across South Sudan and found that nearly a quarter of them are suffering from malnutrition. In response we have set up stabilisation 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 helping make sure communities are educated on how to reduce the spread of cholera.
- In Nimule hospital alone, Save the Children vaccinated more than 15,000 children against life threatening diseases such as measles and polio.