WFP applauds USAID for providing $100m in humanitarian aid for S. Sudan

Official logo of the US Agency for International Development |Photo: ©USAID

The World Food Program has commended the US Agency for International Development for pledging $ 100 million in humanitarian assistance to help affected communities in South Sudan.

“The World Food Program is grateful to USAID for a contribution of $100 million,” the UN agency said on Twitter.

This aid will go a long way towards addressing food insecurity, as well as providing livelihood support for families directly affected by years of conflict.

“The contribution will be used to provide food and nutritional assistance as well as providing livelihood support and build the resilience of rural households across South Sudan,” the statement further added.

Over 8.3 million people are in urgent need of aid across the country

Earlier this week, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs predicted that more than 8.3 million of the country’s 12 million people will be severely food insecure.

“The already serious humanitarian situation has been compounded by severe flooding, affecting approximately 1 million people each year in 2019 and 2020. The South Sudanese people also continue to be highly vulnerable to epidemic diseases, due to low immunization coverage, a weak health system and poor hygiene and sanitation.”

Although South Sudan is considered as one of the world’s oil-dependent countries, it ranks 157 out of 194 nations in the International Monetary Fund’s 2020 Annual Report.

WFP condemns attack on its river convoy in South Sudan

A South Sudanese mother living in the camp with her seven children
A South Sudanese refugee living in the camp with her seven children |Photo: WFP

Oct 7, 2020 (Thessherald)–A WORLD Food Programme (WFP) boat convoy carrying food assistance from Bor to Melut and Malakal was attacked near Shambe North. The river convoy consisted of three cargo vessels and a speedboat. The cargo vessels had food assistance and 13 crew aboard.

One person is missing and presumed killed, while three people suffered gunshot injuries.

WFP condemns in the strongest terms any attack on humanitarian workers and contractors, who risk their lives delivering much-needed food assistance to the most vulnerable people.

WFP calls on all parties in South Sudan for unimpeded humanitarian access, respect for international law and conditions that allow humanitarian workers to carry out their jobs in safety.

“Our thoughts are with the families of the missing crew member, and we wish a speedy recovery to those who suffered injuries,” said WFP Country Director Matthew Hollingworth.

“Their dedication will not be forgotten. We call on the South Sudanese authorities to hold those responsible for this unspeakable violence accountable for their actions.”

The food was intended for people displaced after losing their homes and crops to floods. Over 800,000 people have been affected by the floods in South Sudan, on top of many months of sub-national violence and years of conflict that caused widespread hunger and malnutrition.

WFP engages in life-saving and life-changing activities across South Sudan. WFP plans to reach 5 million people with food and nutrition support. WFP uses air, road and rivers to deliver vital food to isolated communities in the most remote parts of the country.

France contributes €500,000 as malnutrition worsens in South Sudan

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Photo: WFP/Musa Mahadi, Matthew Hollingworth WFP’s Country Director in South Sudan and H.E Marc Trouyet, French Ambassador to South Sudan at a WFP warehouse in the capital Juba.

April 1, 2020 (Thessherald)–The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a € 500,000 contribution towards the fight against malnutrition in South Sudan where 1.3 million children under the age of five are expected to be acutely malnourished and in need of urgent treatment this year.

The contribution will be used to provide over 170 metric tons of special nutritious products for 29,000 people, including vulnerable children and pregnant or nursing women in the country.

“After last year’s floods, we knew that food insecurity situation will worsen; and that the most vulnerable, with special nutrition needs, will be impacted the most,” says Marc Trouyet, French Ambassador to South Sudan. “After discussion with WFP, we decided to focus France’s support towards people affected by the floods and with special nutritious needs.”

Malnutrition is worsening in South Sudan with 1.3 million children under the age of five expected to be acutely malnourished and in need of treatment in 2020 compared to 860,000 in 2019. Acute malnutrition among children rose particularly in Jonglei and Upper Nile regions hit by the 2019 floods and where acute malnutrition now exceeds the emergency threshold.

“The numbers of children expected to be acutely malnourished this year are indicative of a looming nutritional emergency that has to be addressed urgently and extensively. Treatment is urgently required while prevention measures are expanded particularly in areas affected by last autumn’s floods,” he added.

WFP provides nutrition support through special nutritious products for the prevention and treatment of malnutrition among children and pregnant or nursing women. Through its preventative and curative nutrition programmes, WFP builds the resilience of individuals and households to respond to nutritional shocks through education and providing resources.

“WFP is grateful for the support of the Republic of France,” says Matthew Hollingworth, WFP’s Country Director in South Sudan. “The funds come at a crucial time.

Needs are high, and we must ramp up our efforts if we are to rescue an already worsening situation, exacerbated now by the looming COVID-19 crisis.”

In 2019, WFP reached more than 1.4 million malnourished pregnant and nursing women and children under 5 with assistance. To strengthen nutrition capacity, WFP provided technical assistance and training to over 1,000 government and national partner staff while supporting 1,500 health centres including in areas with particularly high levels of acute malnutrition.

The Government of France is a long-standing partner of WFP. The latest contribution brings France’s contributions to WFP’s work across South Sudan to US$1.3 million since 2014.