In 2016 Oxfam helped more than 600,000 people across the country by providing food and water - including almost 40,000 of the most vulnerable in Panyijar county, Unity State. We build and repair boreholes and wells, test quality levels, treat water, and train people to look after and maintain their own water supply.
South Sudan has been facing a cholera outbreak since June 2015. Despite the country being in dry season, cholera outbreaks have been confirmed in nine of 32 states, with over 4,700 active cases. Oxfam is preventing the spread of disease by constructing safe, sanitary latrines in camps and settlements, as well as community and household toilets.
Oxfam has seven humanitarian bases across the country and teams are running life-saving activities in other locations where the need is greatest. We are:
- Providing regular emergency food distributions to over 415,000 people. We recently carried out (March 16th) an emergency food distribution in Panyijar County to feed 2,000 people who had recently arrived from famine-hit areas with nothing to eat.
- Providing clean water, safe sanitation facilities, essential hygiene items and promoting good hygiene practices to help keep diseases like cholera at bay.
- Providing vouchers for canoes so that people sheltering from the conflict on islands in the swamps can get to the help they need
- Supporting the most vulnerable people to produce food for themselves and develop ways to make a living, for example by providing livestock or training, tools and seeds .
Oxfam is also responding to the refugee crisis in Uganda, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad. In Uganda, we are providing water to entire camps - one of which, Bidi Bidi, is now the largest refugee camp in the world and home to over 270,000 people.
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