Walking into the CARE supported clinic in Pariang, I see a little girl with edema – her belly is swollen because she hasn’t got enough to eat. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a child with edema, and I certainly didn’t expect to see one in this part of the country. Of all the places that CARE supports health care, Pariang, in Unity state, has traditionally been the least food insecure.
CARE’s latest report finds that that real impact can be achieved by investing in health interventions at the local level and aligning support alongside local health workers to serve the needs of the South Sudanese people.
CARE has been operating in Southern Sudan since 1993, initially providing humanitarian relief to internally displaced people in Western Equatoria. The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005 allowed CARE to expand into Jonglei State and Upper Nile to target the returnees from the refugee camps. The Upper Nile is one of the areas most affected by the civil war with many displaced people and disrupted livelihoods.
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CARE Joins Effort to Aid Families Affected by Conflict
JUBA, South Sudan (March 10, 2015) - Humanitarian organization CARE has reached more than 600,000 South Sudanese people affected by the conflict that began in the world’s newest nation in December 2013.
Working across South Sudan’s three hardest-hit States of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei, CARE is providing emergency water, sanitation, hygiene services and education, in addition to nutrition and livelihoods assistance. CARE also supports over 40 health facilities in Unity and Upper Nile States.
Severity of crisis depends on the delivery of humanitarian assistance, particularly in conflict-affected states.
JUBA, South Sudan (Feb. 2, 2015) — As many as 2.5 million South Sudanese will be living in severe hunger in the next three months, according to figures released today by the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC), the key tool for monitoring the status of the food crisis in South Sudan.
JUBA, South Sudan. (Feb. 2, 2015) — CARE welcomes the signing of the ceasefire between the government and opposition forces in South Sudan. The ceasefire, signed in Ethiopia yesterday, commits both parties to ending a conflict that has wreaked havoc on the world’s newest nation since December 2013.
“We’re cautiously optimistic,” said Aimee Ansari, CARE South Sudan’s country director. “This isn’t the first ceasefire signed by the conflicting parties, but we’re hoping it’s the last.
Five CEOs, including CARE's Helene Gayle, speak out on the need to end violence and improve humanitarian conditions in South Sudan.
"The first anniversary of the conflict in South Sudan was an occasion to be marked with sadness last month. While it is the responsibility of South Sudan’s leaders to put down their weapons and commit to a political solution, there is more that the international community can do to promote peace and avert an even deeper humanitarian disaster in this young country."
(Jan. 14, 2015) - The price of failing to bring about lasting peace in South Sudan could be $158 billion over the next two decades, according to a new study. The conflict, which erupted in December 2013, has already killed tens of thousands and placed nearly a third of the population of the young country at risk of famine.
An estimation of the economic and financial costs of ongoing conflict.