Project information

Medair East Africa Crisis Appeal

Medair has been active in East Africa for the past 23 years, delivering critical and emergency health and nutrition aid to South Sudan and Somalia. More than six million people, are facing acute food insecurity and a real risk of famine.
Alarming levels of malnutrition are seen across the region.

This is an ongoing project

Charity information: Medair UK

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  • Need


    Near to five million people across the region are suffering from malnutrition—42% of the population of South Sudan! Young children are especially vulnerable, too fragile to physically fight off the dangers of acute malnutrition.

    Medair will provide immediate therapy and follow-up care for those already malnourished; preventative services such as health care, better hygiene, access to safe water, and nutrition education.


    Medair's Emergency Response Team is uniquely positioned to respond to a range of crises - from disease outbreaks to malnutrition , floods and more. Our team of Health and Water and Sanitation specialists works with local Sudanese to pass on essential skills to help ensure that when a crisis occurs again, they will be better able to cope.

    Medair teams also concentrate their efforts attending to the emergency medical and nutritional needs of severely malnourished children.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Respond to Health Emergencies


    » Respond to health and nutrition-related emergencies, including, e.g. vaccination campaigns, treatments of disease outbreaks and nutrition programmes.
    » Provide training for local health and nutrition workers in all relevant interventions.
    » Distribute Non Food Items (e.g. soap, mosquito nets, cooking pots and other items) to vulnerable households.
    » Hold community meetings before, during and after assessments and interventions to ensure we understand community needs and help sustainability.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... vulnerable people's lives saved by ERT interventions - and protected from disease in the future. Reduction in malnutrition levels.

    Aim 2

    Respond to Water and Sanitation Emergencies


    » Construct emergency latrines.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... vulnerable people's lives saved by ERT interventions - and better protected from water-borne disease in the future.

    Aim 3

    Strengthen communities’ emergency resilience


    » Train health and hygiene promoters to deliver health and hygiene messages to vulnerable communities.
    » Organise health and hygiene promotion activities addressing the immediate threat to communities at risk during every intervention.
    » Provide training in water, sanitation and hygiene to community members.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...communities trained and organised to identify and prevent the spread of disease - including maintaining their own safe water sources.

  • Impact


    > Emergency response: Medair’s ERT will save lives in the short term and reduce malnutrition levels. > Long term: The long term goal is to help strengthen the local communities' ability to respond to emergencies. This will be achieved by sharing knowledge and establishing sustainable systems, e. g. Promoting good hygiene and sanitation practices, training in disease surveillance and communities trained and equipped to maintain clean water sources. In time


    > Lack of funding: if sufficient funding is not received, the programme will not be able to meet all its objectives.
    > Insecurity: risk of restricted access to certain areas due to the deterioration of security.
    > Local authorities: disagree on geographical territories from where the interventions should be held.


    > Email/write to thank donors progressively in 2017 and share programme updates with donors via newsletters (with photos, progress reports, beneficiaries' feedback ). > Invite donors to attend an open evening in London where they can ask questions and hear and see directly from field staff.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Emergency Relief & Nutrition Providing emergency food, water and healthcare to the most vulnerable
  • Background


    South Sudan and Somalia are located in one of the poorest and most vulnerable regions in the world. With high rates of acute malnutrition, a lack of clean drinking water, health facilities and schools – In 2005, the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in South Sudan officially ended Africa's longest-running war. The 21-year civil conflict killed 2 million people and forced more than 4 million from their homes, according to U. N. Estimates


    By the very nature of emergencies, it's impossible to know the exact identity and status of the beneficiaries who'll be served. However, as women and young children are the most vulnerable to disease, we anticipate that the majority of beneficiaries will be women and children under 5.

    We estimate that the total number of direct beneficiaries will be approximately 161 000.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    > Medair has over 20 years’ experience providing life-saving humanitarian relief in the most dangerous and difficult-to-access places on earth.
    > Medair UK is Intelligent Giving's no. 1 ranked international charity.
    > Medair has a record of success in the region. Having served there since 1992, Medair has long-term experience of providing emergency relief in health, water and sanitation.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Anne Reitsema

    Country Director - South Sudan

    Medair ERT Team

    ERT Projects Co-ordinator