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South Sudanese continue to work on unified army despite time constraints: spokesperson

April 18, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudanese Spokesperson reaffirmed that efforts are taking place to form the reunified army before the beginning of the transitional period despite severe time constraints.
Maj Gen (PSC) Lul Ruai Koang said the South Sudanese peace partners keep working to implement the security arrangements as agreed in the revitalized peace pact despite the delay caused by the lack of international financial support for this costly process.
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World: Global Weather Hazards Summary: April 19 – 25, 2019

Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Belize, Benin, Burundi, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Seasonal rainfall deficits continue to strengthen across the Greater Horn of Africa

  1. Seasonal rainfall deficits since October have resulted in significant dryness across Angola, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

  2. Continued below-average rainfall and high temperatures have strengthened moisture deficits in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania.

South Sudan: UNHCR Position on returns to South Sudan – Update II

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: South Sudan

April 2019

This position supersedes and replaces UNHCR’s April 2015 Position on Returns to South Sudan – Update I

Introduction

Since the signature of the Revitalized Agreement on the...

World: Aperçu du financement humanitaire, Mars 2019

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen, Zimbabwe

L’Aperçu de la situation humanitaire mondiale (GHO), publié le 4 décembre 2018 annonçait des besoins en financement de 21,9 milliards de dollars pour 21 Plans de réponse humanitaire (HRP) et le Plan régional de réponse pour les réfugiés et les migrants du Venezuela (RMRP). À la fin du mois de février, les besoins s’élevaient à 22,42 milliards de dollars et, au 31mars, le montant demandé avait atteint 25,11 milliards de dollars. L’augmentation enregistrée ce mois-ci est principalement due à la demande de 3,32 milliards de dollars pour le HRP de la Syrie qui n’avait pas été inclus dans le calcul des besoins globaux en février, la finalisation du Plan de l’Éthiopie et les besoins associés à la réponse du Cyclone tropical Idai au Mozambique. À la fin du mois de mars, le nombre de personnes dans le besoin est estimé à 140,8 millions, par rapport à 138,8 millions à la fin du mois de février, dans 54 pays.2 Un nombre plus important de personnes sont estimées être dans le besoin en Éthiopie et au Mozambique qu’en février et davantage au Yémen.
Le nombre total de personnes que les plans visent à assister est aujourd’hui de 105,7 millions par rapport à 103,7 millions en février.

L’Appel Éclair pour le Mozambique envisageait une aide à 700 000 des 815 000 personnes affectées par la sécheresse. Ce plan a été révisé suite au passage du Cyclone Idai afin d’aider 1,1 million de personnes de plus. En Éthiopie, 300 000 personnes de plus que le nombre estimé précédemment doivent recevoir une assistance. De même, le nombre de personnes devant recevoir une assistance au Yémen est de 21,4 millions au lieu des 15 millions estimés précédemment. Des millions de personnes au Yémen sont aujourd’hui plus sous l’emprise de la faim, de la maladie et d’une plus grande vulnérabilité qu’il y a un an. En Syrie, le chiffre avancé de 11,2 millions de personnes devant recevoir une assistance a été révisé à la hausse ce mois-ci pour atteindre 11,7 millions de personnes.

South Sudan: South Sudan Situation Report,18 April 2019

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: South Sudan

HIGHLIGHTS

More than 75,000 children to receive education in emergency services
Nearly 20,000 people received Yellow Fever vaccine in Sakura, Nzara County
Food insec...

South Sudan: South Sudan Operation Overview – March 2019

Source: World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan

Background

The Logistics Cluster facilitates the coordination of the logistics response in support of the humanitarian community. Furthermore, it p...

Uganda: South Sudanese grow rice, and community ties, in Uganda

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: South Sudan, Uganda
A programme to promote rice production is bringing refugee and local farmers together.

By Josie Le Blond in Oliji Settlement, Uganda | 18 April 2019

South Sudanese refugee Queen...

Uganda: Pilot study findings on the provision of hygiene kits with reusable sanitary pads: Testing the appropriateness and acceptability of AFRIpads reusable sanitary pads in southwestern (Ugandan) refugee context among schoolgirls

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Uganda

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Over the past two years, Uganda has responded to an immense influx of refugees from its neighbouring countries. While new arrivals from South Sudan have slowly reduced, Congolese refugees are crossing the border in large numbers. As a result, Uganda is currently hosting the largest number of refugees in the country's history. It’s estimated that there will be 300,000 Congolese refugees in Uganda by the end of 2018 and the vast majority of them are women and children.

Globally, girls and women often lack the ability to manage their menstruation safely and with dignity due to a lack of adequate facilities, products and knowledge, which can be further exacerbated in refugee settings. In many cases, Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) is overlooked in emergency situations, which has an impact on areas like personal hygiene, education, gender equality and health. Reusable pads in this context have rapidly gained interest from development and humanitarian partners as a more sustainable, costeffective and environmentally friendly solution for MHM related challenges in emergencies.

Pilot intervention

In collaboration with AFRIpads, UNHCR Sub-office Mbarara implemented a three month pilot intervention in three southwestern settlements to test the appropriateness and acceptability of introducing reusable sanitary pads to schoolgirls in the refugee context. Product distribution (AFRIpads Menstrual Kit with 4 reusable sanitary pads, underwear, soap and bucket) was accompanied by a menstrual hygiene training as well as instruction for the appropriate use and care of AFRIpads. Data collection for the pilot evaluation was carried out at baseline and endline via individual interviews and focus group discussions.

Appropriateness

Results from the baseline study indicated that schoolgirls in the southwestern refugee settlement context lacked access to the menstrual hygiene knowledge and products required for them to manage their menstruation in a healthy and dignified manner. Although UNHCR mandates that all women and girls of reproductive age are to receive distributions of disposable sanitary pads, soap and underwear, 71% of the girls reported not having enough menstrual products, 65% reported not having enough soap and 59% reported not having enough underwear. 44% percent also reported that they didn’t have enough information about menstrual hygiene. Access to water was not, however, reported to be a major challenge with 65% reporting they always had enough water to manage their menstruation (the remaining 35% reported “sometimes”) at baseline.

Participants generally reported being satisfied with the facilities available for changing, washing and drying their AFRIpads. The number of girls that reported missing school during their period was cut in half when using AFRIpads and the girls indicated a significant drop in the number of leaks they experienced (59% to 9%) as well as a significant decrease in itching or burning (73% to 24%). During the wet season, when drying times are longer, girls mentioned they need more AFRIpads to manage their cycles. However, respondents generally reported being satisfied with the infrastructure and facilities available to them to wash and change their pads at school.

Prior to the intervention, girls reported that their main challenge was not having enough products and 20% even admitted reusing disposable sanitary pads because they had no other options. Many refugee girls could not remember the last time they had received disposable pads from a general distribution. This underscores the ongoing logistical challenge that UNHCR currently struggles with in sustaining timely replenishments. After the intervention, not having enough products was no longer reported to be a top challenge, implying that the AFRIpads provided in the MHM kits met that challenge for many.

Access to enough soap and underwear remained top challenges even after the intervention, indicating that there is a larger, structural challenge in providing enough supplementary MHM necessities. It is important to note that access to enough soap and underwear is crucial, irrespective of the solution used (disposable or reusable). Reported access to water, however, went up at endline with 73% reporting they always had enough water to clean their AFRIpads.

Acceptance

Product uptake among the study participants was 99% and respondents reported high levels of satisfaction with all aspects of the AFRIpads. The girls retained the instructions provided during the MHM training and adherence to the use and care guidelines was also close to 100%. Even before AFRIpads were introduced, 52% of the participants indicated a preference for reusable pads over disposables.

At endline, 84% indicated they’d prefer to use AFRIpads over disposable pads (8% preferred a combination of both kinds of products and 8% chose disposable only). Reusable menstrual pads were clearly culturally and socially accepted in this refugee context.

Considering the difficulty of continuously distributing disposable pads throughout the settlements and the waste management challenge disposable pads create, AFRIpads reusable sanitary pads are an appropriate, highly preferred and effective solution to managing menstruation in a safe, dignified and culturally acceptable way.

South Sudan: South Sudan: Humanitarian Dashboard (as of 31 March 2019)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: South Sudan

SITUATION OVERVIEW

In March, inter-agency teams responded to humanitarian needs across the country. Notably, they reached Mugwo County in Central Equatoria and Koch, ...

South Sudan: 6,000 children reunited with families after years of separation in South Sudan

Source: UN Children's Fund
Country: South Sudan

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN 17 April 2019 - Save the Children, UNICEF and partners have successfully reunited 6,000 children with their families after years of separation due to conflict. This is a milestone for the Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) programme in South Sudan since the first reunification of 420 children in 2014.

Seventeen-year-old Nyandor* – together with her four sisters and brothers – was reunited with her parents in Bentiu yesterday. She was the 6000th child to be reunified. The five siblings were separated from their mother and father during an armed attack in Bor in 2014. In the middle of the chaos the family ran in different directions and hadn’t seen each other since. After intense family tracing by Save the Children case workers, the family was finally made whole again yesterday.

“It was an emotional moment for everyone involved,” said Arshad Malik, Interim Country Director for Save the Children International South Sudan. “It was ululation, tears, and songs of happiness. Seeing the happiness in their faces after enduring so much fills us with hope. We won’t stop until all separated children are back home.”

Almost five years of conflict and more than four million people uprooted have combined to see children separated across the country. Almost 8,000 children in South Sudan are still missing or separated and in urgent need of family tracing. Separated and unaccompanied children are more susceptible to violence, abuse and exploitation, which makes returning them to their parents an urgent priority for UNICEF, Save the Children and partners.

The peace agreement signed in September 2018 has prompted refugees returning to South Sudan from neighboring countries and given access to areas previously inaccessible. If the peace holds, this can provide an opportunity to step up family tracing and reunification, if adequate funding for the programme is secured.

Yet, family tracing will remain labour intensive due to limited access to roads, mobile and data connection in South Sudan. The programme is heavily reliant on case workers walking long distances and knocking on doors to trace children and their parents.

“Despite all the difficulties, almost every week we see one or several children brought back to where they belong, namely with their families. This is much thanks to the all family tracing and reunification partners in South Sudan,” said UNICEF representative in South Sudan Mohamed Ag Ayoya. “To bring the rest of the children back home, we need strong partnerships and support from the international community.”

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Notes to editors:

About family tracing and reunification (FTR):

Save the Children, UNICEF and partners work to prevent family separation amid chaos and conflict by informing people how to set up had-hock community systems keeping families together. When separation occur, missing children and parents are registered in a national database for family tracing which is done by a number of caseworkers across South Sudan. When there is a match, a verification exercise starts to ensure the parents and children are related. After, the actual reunification is initiated. The family also receives support in a transitional period, including food and clothes. The family will also receive follow-up by the caseworker in the months after the reunification to ensure everyone adjust well to the new situation.

About Save the Children international:

Save the Children has been working with and for children, their families and communities in South Sudan since 1991. We provide children with access to education, healthcare and nutrition support, and families with food security and livelihoods assistance. Our child protection programmes support vulnerable children including unaccompanied and separated children and those affected by violence, as well as advocating for children’s rights at national, state and community levels. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights and we help them fulfil their potential.

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Media Contacts

Helene Sandbu Ryeng
UNICEF South Sudan
Tel: + 211 921 61 5824
Email: hsryeng@unicef.org

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