In late 2017 and early 2018, Mayom County experienced a precipitous decline in food security. Only 6% of assessed settlements reported adequate access to food in February 2018, compared to 86% just five months prior and 85% in the same month last year. At the same time, assessed settlements in the county continued to report low access to services. Only half of assessed settlements reported access to safe drinking water, while a third reported traveling half a day or more to access health facilities. The sudden deterioration in food security is poorly understood and the long-standing gap in service provision has drawn increasing attention.
To inform the existing as well as potential future humanitarian efforts in the county, the following presents multi-sector data on population trends, food security and livelihood dynamics, and reported access to services in Mayom. Findings are based on primary data collected from 78 key informants covering 62 settlements from December 2017 to February 2018. Surveys were triangulated with 4 focus group discussions with recent arrivals from Mayom County to the Bentiu Protection of Civilians (PoC) site; 6 interviews with humanitarian partners operating in Mayom; and secondary data sources.