Hunger, COVID 19 and a bad health care system

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„We go hungry since February“, reports Anila (Name changed). She is living in South Sudan, one of the most fragile states of the world. Two thirds of the population depend on humanitarian support. Since its separation from the Sudan in 2011, South Sudan witnesses almost uninterrupted civic wars. In the last ten years, approximately 400,000 people died in the context of warlike actions. Six million people are on the flight – some reports speak of the biggest African refugee crisis since the genocide in Ruanda 1994. Nearly half of the population in South Sudan is starving – as a consequence of the wars, but also of increasing droughts and floods caused by climatic changes. The situation is precarious.

Since the start of the pandemic in South Sudan, many facilities have been installed where people can wash their hands. Photo: Joint Aid Management

As so often, women like Anila and children are hit especially hard. Even before the Corona pandemic each year about 38,000 children under five years died – most of them from malnutrition. As their immune system is weakened, they are especially liable to illnesses such as COVID 19. The South Sudanese health care system is one of the weakest in the world, drained by ongoing wars and underfinanced. More than 40 per cent of the population do not even have access to basic medical care, which is provided almost exclusively by international aid organizations. Qualified doctors as well as nurses are lacking. The whole South Sudanese country counting eleven million inhabitants has no more than a two-digit contingent of respirators.

humedica wants to improve the situation of the people in South Sudan in the long-term. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we therefore distribute together with our partner Joint Aid Management (JAM) protective equipment such as face masks and sensibilize the population for hygiene regulations. A lot of handwashing facilities have been installed, too.

People received seeds and were trained how to cultivate and harvest. Photo: Joint Aid Management

In the region Boma in the South East of the country we want also to improve significantly the health care of children. At the moment there are almost no structures in this area, where many refugees have settled. In the future we will examine systematically more than 10,000 children in order to recognize and treat signs and symptoms of malnutrition earlier on.

Needy families will also receive vouchers for food and hygiene articles. They will also get seeds or fishing-kits. These will enable them to provide for themselves and to become independent of food distributions organized by the government or humanitarian organizations. In especially built demo vegetable gardens they will be trained how to cultivate fruit and vegetable by their own in order to fend for themselves.

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