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UNICEF to spend 30 mln euros to
tackle malnutrition in South Sudan

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday said it will use over 30 million euros received from the German government to tackle high malnutrition among children and provide safe water and sanitation to thousands in South Sudan.

Mahimbo Mdoe, the UNICEF Representative in South Sudan, told journalists in Juba that they will support over 4 million children at risk of malnutrition, disease in the nutrition, water and sanitation and child protection programs.

He added that less than half of the population in South Sudan has access to safe water and only more than 10 percent have access to basic sanitation.

Most of the funding will be used in the northern areas of Jonglei, Bentiu Malakal and Baggari area of Wau where severe acute malnutrition is high among children living in the Protection of Civilian sites (PoCs).

Mdoe disclosed that children have become the face of the humanitarian crisis fueled by conflict and economic collapse.

According to the 2018 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), more than 48 percent of the South Sudanese population is facing severe acute food insecurity, out of which 1 million people are facing emergency food insecurity.

In addition one out of five children fled their homes and there are more than 1 million child refugees from South Sudan.



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