International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced that Britain will provide a new package of clean water, shelter and urgent medical care for more than 150,000 people fleeing violence in South Sudan.
Leading British and international charities, with support from the UK’s Rapid Response Facility, will deliver the supplies to families across the country, including in the northern Unity and Upper Nile states.
According to the UN, 200,000 people have already fled their homes as a result of the conflict and are in need of clean water, shelter and medical care.
Announcing the funding, Justine Greening said:
“British aid is opening a lifeline to many families who have been forced from their homes in South Sudan. The sheer scale of people seeking refuge from the fighting means we have got to act fast. We must get shelter and medical care to those in need and prevent waterborne diseases like cholera from taking hold.
“The UK’s Rapid Response Facility has allowed leading charities to quickly scale up their response to this unfolding crisis.”
The UK Government’s £6 million commitment to the Rapid Response Facility will support key agencies already operating in South Sudan: Concern Worldwide, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Oxfam and World Vision. It will ensure:
150,000 people have access to clean water and sanitation facilities. This will include providing water purification tablets and building separate latrines for men and women in new camps
50,000 people get basic shelter from tarpaulins and shelter kits
50,000 people have access to essential items such as cooking utensils, blankets and mosquito nets
emergency medical response units can provide trauma care, primary and secondary health care, nutrition advice and help prevent disease among 100,000 people in Pochalla, Akobo, Malakal and Awerial
better sanitation facilities and lights are installed in emergency camps to keep people safe
vulnerable girls and women are protected by creating ‘safe spaces’ for them to get medical and psychological care
Individual charities will be responsible for delivering relief items and coordinating their response on the ground.
The funding from the Rapid Response Facility is part of the UK Government’s £12.5 million response to the current crisis. This funding is already providing emergency healthcare, tents and other vital supplies to thousands of people.