In the Books & Music Shop, we’re currently raising funds for the South Sudan appeal. If you would like to donate, please stop in and speak to one of our volunteers.
Oxfam have supported 263,000 people in South Sudan in the past 6 months through:
- Distributed food to 175,000 people in Mingkaman (Awerial) and Jonglei state.
- 12,324 charcoal vouchers distributed in UN House in Juba and 10,376 milling vouchers distributed.
- WASH- 180, 000 including latrines, clean and safe water, public health promotion, including 23,000 as part of cholera response
Oxfam is starting to give people in the UN camp daily vouchers so they can buy their own food from local suppliers so we can better support existing markets.
Cholera in Juba
- Over 1,000 cases of cholera in Juba with 28 deaths in the past month
- Currently the death rate is 2.5% which is unacceptably high (anything over 1% is a real concern)
- Oxfam working with other aid agencies to respond to the outbreak and prevent the spread of the highly contagious disease. We are building latrines (only 6% of people in South Sudan have access to latrines), providing buckets, treating water from the Nile, cleaning a water facility, mobilising communities to do garbage collection and campaigning publicly for scrupulous hygiene
- We flew out a cargo of supplies from Bicester to Juba, including oral rehydration salts, chlorine, water treatment, disinfectant and soap to Juba.
- With a quick response, it is hoped that the outbreak can be contained. But this outbreak highlights the squalid living conditions of many South Sudanese particularly in urban areas, and the scale of public health risk this poses. It also demonstrates how urgently funds are needed to respond to increasingly dire humanitarian situation in South Sudan.
- So far we’ve reached 23,000 in cholera response (NB this is part of the overall WASH number above)