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The malnutrition situation for children in South Sudan is alarming. Conflict, food insecurity and escalating food prices are preventing too many families from providing the necessary nutritious food for their children.
South Sudan faces chronically high malnutrition rates due to a conflict the country has faced since 2013. It has disrupted food production, leading to high levels of illness among the population and widespread poor hygiene, health and nutrition practices. Much of the country remains in what the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) classifies as ‘Crisis and Emergency’ levels of food insecurity. While also contending with the impacts of conflict, South Sudan faces more erratic weather patterns, resulting in prolonged drought periods or late rains disrupting the normal agricultural seasons.
In 2018, with support from Polish Aid through PCPM and CESAR, AAA implemented an emergency programme with the aim of providing treatment to children under five-years-old and pregnant and lactating women with acute malnutrition. This programme also assists in prevent malnutrition through Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) education to caregivers. Young children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) were treated in the Outpatient Treatment Programme (OTP). Children with SAM and medical complications were treated as inpatients in PHCs where AAA implement. For IC TB patients, AAA also received donations in-kind from WFP.

Achievements 2018

  • 903 of malnourished children who were fed and treated.
  • 20,218 of lactating mothers who benefitted.
  • 4,437 of intensive care TB Patients who benefitted.