Medair Medair


South Sudan

1/3 of the total population is at risk of hunger this year because of the conflict.
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South Sudan is facing a critical food crisis and millions of lives are at risk. Because of the conflict that started in December 2013, more than 2 million people have been forced to flee their homes. As a result, crops have not been planted, livestock have been lost, and many traders have fled. The UN estimates now that four million people are at risk of severe food shortages this year.

Displaced communities are left without the food they need to survive and are almost entirely reliant on emergency food rations.  Some communities have fled several times in search of safety. Humanitarian groups struggle to reach certain communities because of insecurity, poor infrastructure, and heavy rains.

Medair teams continue to respond to the dire needs through delivering life-saving assistance in the areas of health and nutrition and water and sanitation, and through the distribution of non-food items.

Medair has been working in southern Sudan since 1992 and is a key player in humanitarian coordination among the many agencies present in Juba, South Sudan.

Source: Sudan Household Survey 2006
Where We Help
All States

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 IDPs overwhelm the already struggling host communities.

Our Projects
Emergency Response Teams: Going Where the Need is Greatest

Emergencies are unfortunately common in South Sudan. Frequent droughts, floods, and conflicts mean the needs are constantly changing. We maintain the flexibility to provide short-term or long-term emergency responses to help save lives and strengthen communities. 

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Short-Term Emergency Responses

With expertise in WASH, health and nutrition, and NFI (non-food item) distribution, our emergency response teams (ERTs) provide swift relief for tens of thousands of people across the country each year. Emergency responses might include:  

  • Distributing essential survival items like tarpaulins, blankets, mosquito nets, and cooking kits to displaced people 
  • Constructing emergency latrines; training health and hygiene promoters; rehabilitating boreholes, water yards, and other emergency sources of water 
  • Responding to disease outbreaks, vaccinating against preventable disease, providing emergency nutrition
  • Running mobile primary health care and nutrition clinics

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Long-Term Emergency Responses

When an emergency is so demanding that communities need more comprehensive long-lasting relief, our teams will stay for a year or more to respond to the needs and build up the strength of local services. For instance, we will work in regions with a high number of returnees, refugees, or other displaced families. Our activities might include:

  • Supporting health care facilities with training and supervision, medicine and supplies, and upgrades to clinics.
  • Training health care providers, midwives, traditional birth attendants
  • Constructing or repairing hand-dug wells, hand pumps, rainwater harvesting systems for clinics, latrines, hand-washing facilities, incinerators for clinics
  • Providing hygiene education
  • Training village water committees and local hand pump mechanics

Core Activities

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    Health & Nutrition

    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.

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    Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene

    WASH saves lives by stopping the spread of disease. In a crisis, few things are more important than safe water, sanitary latrines, and good hygiene.
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    Shelter and Infrastructure

    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.

Click here to download the fact sheet for our programme in South Sudan.