In 2016 Oxfam helped more than 600,000 people across South Sudan 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. Oxfam is preventing the spread of diseases like cholera by constructing safe, sanitary latrines in camps and settlements, as well as community and household toilets.
More than one million people have fled the brutal conflict in South Sudan and taken refuge in neighbouring Uganda thanks to a generous refugee policy by the country's government. Bidibidi in Northern Uganda is the largest refugee settlement in the world - home to over 270,000 South Sudanese refugees.
In Bidibidi Oxfam and it's local partners have been providing clean drinking water to around 200,000 people. Oxfam is also constructing latrines and supporting hygiene promotion activities in schools and communities. Here Oxfam is creating water systems that will last for 20 years as it is expected that many people who have fled to Uganda will remain there for decades.
Oxfam has seven humanitarian bases across the South Sudan 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.
- 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 Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad.