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Emergency Response Team in South Sudan

South Sudan is one of the most disaster-plagued regions on earth. When crisis strikes, its most vulnerable communities rely on Medair’s dedicated team of emergency response specialists for life-saving help.

In 2009, Medair’s Emergency Response Team was called on to deal with 12 urgent crises.

This is an ongoing project.

Charity information: Medair UK

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  • Need


    Disease, malnutrition, and the lack of safe water and sanitation make South Sudan one of the most dangerous places in the world.

    > As few as 13% of children have been fully vaccinated.
    > An estimated 1. 5 million people faced severe hunger in 2010.
    > Lack of safe water and sanitation cause many deaths from preventable water-borne diseases.

    The levels of disease and malnutrition have severely impacted the fragile local government structures – outside assistance is urgently needed.


    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

  • 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.

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

    Aim 2

    Respond to Water and Sanitation Emergencies


    » Construct emergency latrines.
    » Rehabilitate boreholes or provide alternative solution for safe water provision in areas at risk.
    » Distribute Non Food Items (e.g. soap, mosquito nets, cooking pots and other items) to vulnerable households.

    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.

    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. > Long term: The long term goal is to help strengthen the Sudanese 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, communities will be more resilient and better-supported by Sudanese system


    > 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 in December 2011 and again in the New Year to detail the programme’s activities (with photos, progress reports, beneficiaries' feedback etc ). > 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: £200,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £200,000 Project support Indirect humanitarian costs
  • Background


    South Sudan is 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 – South Sudan ranks near the bottom in most social indicators. In 2005, the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement 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 164 000.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    > Medair has 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 South Sudan. Having served there since 1991, Medair has long-term experience of providing emergency relief in health, water and sanitation.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Caroline Boyd

    Country Director - Southern Sudan

    Lynne Kirkham

    Projects Co-ordinator for the ERT

Rhoda Nyakan, newborn

Rhoda Nyakan, newborn

‘We thank you a lot for your support to the community. It has helped a lot. Thank you for not forgetting us.’

Agok Village Chief