In July 2011, South Sudan became an independent nation, bringing a spirit of hope and optimism to millions of residents who survived two decades of civil war. However, the world’s newest country remains one of its poorest and most vulnerable as it struggles to overcome years of protracted conflict and chronic underdevelopment.
South Sudan needs support to strengthen its almost non-existent essential services, including a lack of primary health care, nutrition, maternal and child health, education, infrastructure, and access to water and sanitation. Literacy levels are very low while malnutrition rates are very high. Furthermore, hundreds of thousands of returnees and refugees flooded into the newly independent South Sudan, only to find a country keenly lacking in infrastructure and basic services.
Medair has been working in South Sudan since 1991 and is a key player in humanitarian coordination among the many agencies present in Juba, South Sudan.
Medair has the capacity to respond to emergencies wherever they arise in South Sudan. For example, Renk County in Upper Nile State is one of the places where our teams are working right now. Renk is one of the most underserved counties in South Sudan. Families lack access to health care, safe drinking water, or sanitation facilities. Thousands of returnees and refugees overwhelm the already struggling host communities.
When crisis strikes, health risks multiply. Families suffer from preventable diseases. Children are weakened from malnutrition. Everyone needs health care and nutrition—especially during crisis.
Safe shelter is at the very core of human survival and dignity. Infrastructure like roads, bridges, schools, and clinics help communities recover from crisis and build a better future.
Watch this video (in french) and find out more about our work to improve access to safe drinking water in South Sudan.