CARE Intensifies Response To Prevent Malnutrition Crisis In South Sudan

300,000 severely malnourished children at high risk of death.

JUBA, 21 August 2018 [Gurtong]-As South Sudan continues to grapple with extremely high levels of food insecurity, recent nutrition surveys conducted by CARE in Unity State show a worrying trend of malnutrition particularly in Mayom, Pariang and Rubkona counties.

According to the findings, Mayom, Pariang and Rubkona counties registered remarkably high Global Acute Malnutrition rates of 18.3 percent, 19.6 percent and 17.8 percent respectively; exceeding by far the World Health Organization’s 15 percent emergency threshold.

“Cases of children suffering from severe and moderate acute malnutrition in all three counties show an extreme increase compared to the same period last year,” says Rosalind Crowther, CARE’s Country Representative in South Sudan.

More than six million South Sudanese have been affected by the deteriorating food insecurity. The food insecurity has mostly affected children with the United Nations estimating that 1.1 million children are at risk of malnutrition this year alone with up to 300,000 at high risk of death.

“We anticipated an increase in malnutrition cases due to food insecurity but this has come too early as we have just entered the lean season,” says Crowther. “The situation is particularly alarming also because of the new violence outbreak which prevents people from accessing food. The worst of the food crisis is yet to come”.

So far, CARE has screened 125,000 children under five and 43,856 women for malnutrition and treated 43,467 children and 19,895 women for malnutrition and related diseases. In addition, CARE  has mobilized 45 Civil Society Organizations under the Scaling up Nutrition Movement to increase focus on nutrition sensitive interventions alongside treatment.

“CARE is working around the clock to ensure that no child dies from malnutrition. However, additional funding is required to enable us to reach more children in need of life-saving assistance,” says Crowther.

CARE has been operating in South Sudan since 1993. We provide assistance in health, nutrition, food security and livelihoods, peace building and gender based violence prevention across four states including some of the worst affected by conflict. Our teams currently work in Upper Nile, Unity, Jonglei and Eastern Equatoria. Since the crisis began in 2013, CARE has assisted over 900,000 people across the four states.


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