Years of conflict in South Sudan have displaced nearly two million people, with nearly six million currently affected by food insecurity. These factors contribute to create an ongoing health crisis. 

In response in 2018, we partnered with three organisations to distribute medicines and medical supplies across the country, sending 550,000 courses of treatment including antibiotics, analgesics, steroids, oral rehydration treatments, and medicines to enable safety in childbirth.   

South Sudan - the changing face of disasters

South Sudan has not suffered a natural disaster such as an earthquake or typhoon. Even so, years of conflict and violence, and the resulting movement of people on a massive scale, has devastated many lives. This can be seen as an evolving, ongoing, multi-faceted disaster.    

A national referendum in 2011 led the southern-most states of Sudan to become an independent South Sudan later that year.

Tensions within the new country broke into armed conflict in December 2013, claiming tens of thousands of lives before a fragile peace agreement took hold in the summer of 2015. Tensions continue to simmer, hampering efforts to improve public health standards in a country that has one of the world’s highest public infant mortality rates.    

Assessments by one of our local partners found that many people have fled and are left hiding in the bush and river islands of the vast Sudd swamp, cut off from humanitarian assistance   

In July 2018, in response to increased levels of instability, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs called for agencies to scale up their humanitarian assistance.   

The reality of lives on the move 

For those who have fled to remote areas, or are living in camps for displaced people, poor sanitation facilities and a lack of clean water are facilitating the spread of disease. The situation is compounded by a lack of access to health services and a severe shortage of essential medicines. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people are at serious risk of suffering, and even death.     

In 2018 through a collaboration with Tearfund Belgium, two in-country partners - World Relief and International Medical Corps -  and funding from Consortium 12-12, we were able to make essential medicines and medical supplies available to displaced people across South Sudan.

In around 40 health facilities across five states (Central Equatorial, Jonglei, Upper Nile, West-Bahr-El-Ghazal and Unity), we’ve distributed over 500,000 courses of treatment including antibiotics, antivirals, analgesics, anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, steroids, anticoagulants, oral rehydration treatments and medicines to treat eclampsia and enable safe births. The medicines also supplied mobile units serving remote areas. Using donated medicines has enabled our partners to meet critical health needs at significantly reduced costs.   

Leah, 29, recently arrived at Mangateen, a temporary settlement in north Juba where International Medical Corps has two new clinics. She was about to deliver her sixth child. She told us.

“I’m tired, and my legs are swollen, but the clinic has been taking good care of me: monitoring my health, and giving me folic acid, amoxicillin, mebendazole and antimalarials.”   

The impact of our medicines are recognised by staff as well as patients;

“Whenever there is a stock out of essential medicines, the first thing we look at is what do we have from IHP. We always depend on the IHP supplies"

Reported our in-country Gifts In Kind Coordinator.

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