Western Bahr El Ghazal has always been affected by conflict, undermining its capacity to develop resilience. Since the outbreak of the civil war in 2013, many areas have not been able to ensure access to basic health and hygiene services, as well as food stocks, creating chronic malnutrition.
The area of capital city Juba is prone to cholera outbreaks, which can lead all the way up the Nile to the north of the country. The destruction of infrastructure during the civil war has made the fight against cholera extremely challenging. Furthermore, the threat of an Ebola virus spread from neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo would cause a disaster.
In northern Upper Nile State, near the border with Sudan, the civil conflict has caused the displacement of many people away from major cities, towards camps but also among host communities such as Aburoc. In this swampland that dries up in the dry season, access to water and sanitation services is a daily challenge.
- 12.3 million inhabitants
- 50.6% poverty rate
- 169th out of 188 on the Human Development Index
opened in 2006
- Team 7 international staff
60 national staff
- Budget €2,1 M
To help fight against chronic food insecurity and malnutrition In Western Bahr El Ghazal, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL teams are contributing to efforts to reduce acute food insecurity and hygiene-related morbidities of the conflict-affected communities.
Teams are also responding to cholera outbreaks in the southern state of Central Equatoria in the Juba area, as well as strengthening early detection and preparedness programmes to prevent the spread of Ebola. Waterborne diseases such as cholera are the burden of all areas along the River Nile, so teams are also providing water, sanitation and hygiene services and supplies in Upper Nile State, where some 250,000 people are in need of support.
An additional emergency programme in Aburoc aims at transferring water from the River Nile, some 20 kilometres away, to the 13,000 displaced and host populations affected by lack of access to water.
Water, sanitation and hygiene
82,123 people helped
– Water trucking
– Water treatment
– Supply of basic water, sanitation and hygiene items
– Rehabilitation of boreholes
– Rehabilitation of water points
– Installation of surface water treatment units
– Water chlorination prevention and cholera responses
– Construction of latrines
– Hygiene awareness campaigns
– Support to community based cholera alert and surveillance system
– Infection prevention and control in a health facility
Food security and livelihood support
37,651 people helped
– Food distributions
– Caring for acute malnutrition cases
– Training to Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) to detect malnutrition
Should you have any questions, please contact Thierry Benlahsen,
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