Start of program: 2017
COUNTRY KEY FIGURES
- 10.8 million inhabitants 1
- 1.8 million internally displaced persons 2
- 6.35 million people facing severe acute food insecurity
ALIMA KEY FIGURES*
- 129,430 outpatient consultations
- 19,974 mothers trained to use the MUAC bracelet
- 1,730 hospitalizations
Areas of intervention
According to OCHA, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2018 will be 7 million, or about two-thirds of the population. UNICEF estimates that some 250,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition within the country, and malaria remains one of the leading causes of childhood death. In September 2019, some 6.4 million people (more than half the population) were facing crisis levels of food insecurity, according to the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) report.
In the worst affected areas, very few humanitarian actors are present. Despite the fact that most parts of former Northern Bahr El Ghazal are generally peaceful, there are still gaps as many rural communities lack access to basic healthcare. Some established health facilities either lack qualified personnel or frequently run out of essential medicines. Families struggle to afford care and medication in the few places that remain operational.
ALIMA’s Impact – Our fieldwork
Establishment of mobile clinics and support of local health structures
In Raja, our teams have to deal with an isolated population that is very difficult to reach for approximately six months a year during the rainy season (May to October). In order to ensure the coherence of the health system, ALIMA supports primary health structures through the establishment of mobile clinics, as well as secondary health care at Raja State Hospital, for children under the age of 15. Also, to guarantee the sustainability of patient care, ALIMA is also building the capacities of Ministry of Health workers through the organization of training courses, as well as support for the referral system.
Malaria care in Aweil
In Aweil, ALIMA’s intervention started during the malaria peak season in July 2017. In 2018, the project continued to cover both inpatient and outpatient services. For example, at Panthou Primary Health Care Center, ALIMA medical staff treated 987 inpatients for severe malaria and other diseases, among whom 197 were referred to Aweil Hospital (MSFF) for further care. Eight malaria test-and-treat outpatient care facilities, and mobile clinics, were also put in place.
Emergency intervention in Baggari
In Bagarri (Wau County), where around 40,000 people were in need of humanitarian assistance in 2018,ALIMA began an emergency intervention with the support of UNICEF. In January 2018, ALIMA delivered primary nutrition care to children under 5 years old suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition in six different outpatient sites.
Focus on 2019
In 2019, ALIMA’s staff carried out 129,430 outpatient consultations in South Sudan and 1,730 hospitalizations. Our teams also trained 19,974 mothers in the use of the MUAC bracelet.
* Cover picture © Patrick Meinhardt / ALIMA