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South Sudan

South Sudan Crisis - Emergency Assistance - UNICEF Emergency Response 2014 (2014)

DFATD Contribution: $3,000,000

The complex humanitarian situation in South Sudan has become much worse since fighting broke out between government and anti-government forces in Juba, the capital city, in December 2013. The fighting has displaced some 1.1 million people from their homes within South Sudan, and more than 400,000 people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda). Agricultural production has been disrupted, and essential basic services, such as water points, schools and medical facilities have been shut down or destroyed in the fighting. Immediate humanitarian assistance needs both within South Sudan and in neighbouring countries include food, health care, shelter, protection, water, sanitation and hygiene. With the support of DFATD and other donors, UNICEF is providing emergency assistance to 2.6 million conflict-affected people throughout South Sudan, 1.9 million of whom are children. Project activities include: (1) commodities to treat severe acute malnutrition; (2) safe drinking water, sanitation facilities and hygiene programming; (3) emergency education; (4) basic health care and vaccinations; and, (5) protection services for children and women.

Innovative Approaches to Birth Registration for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (2014-2016)

DFATD Contribution: $5,000,000

This project seeks to increase the registration of children under the age of five, and improve the availability, quality, timeliness, and use of health information to assist in the planning of effective activities to improve maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). The project also seeks to improve the availability and quality of information on child mortality to better inform planning and resource allocation, and increase accountability to MNCH efforts. The project assists developing countries to increase number of birth registrations by addressing access barriers, including reaching those who live in rural areas by mobilizing community health workers in the birth registration process. The project also seeks to use innovations, such as SMS technologies, to increase the number of births being registered.

Youth Protection and Participation (2011-2015)

DFATD Contribution: $10,000,000

The project supports UNICEF's Youth Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (YouthLEAD) Project which aims to help over 100,000 at-risk youth aged 10-24 contribute to socio-economic development, and the development of peace, within their communities in South Kordofan, Blue Nile, South Darfur, Upper Nile, Jonglei and Eastern Equatoria. Towards this goal, the project supports broader access to youth-friendly services, including education and life skills, health and social services, income generating opportunities and sustainable livelihoods, as well as youth engagement in good governance and peace promotion. Moreover, the project builds the capacity of state and non-state actors serving youth across a range of sectors to develop, implement and advocate for effective, youth-centered policies, programs and services; and strengthen the institutional capacity of these same actors through training on core management, administrative and programming functions. Youth centres in targeted localities are the hubs for core project activities and linkages.

Protection of Children Associated with Armed Groups and Other Conflict-Affected Children (2010-2013)

DFATD Contribution: $4,000,000

The purpose of this project is to contribute to stabilization and peace within Sudan by strengthening child protection and basic services for conflict-affected boys and girls aged 10-18. It also supports the release and reintegration of these children into their communities while preventing future recruitment of children into armed forces and groups. This project also aims to increase the knowledge, skills and resources among at-risk girls and boys, in order to better equip them to protect themselves, cope with their vulnerability, and make productive contributions to their society. Finally, the project aims to reinforce the ability of targeted government ministries and non-government organizations to deliver services to children, including basic services (education and health) and child protection services (release, reintegration and prevention of (re)recruitment into armed forces and groups).




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