AAH South Sudan programme was started over 20 years ago and is the largest of AAH-I’s five country programmes. It is uniquely known for its community empowerment approach for helping refugees, stayees, returnees, and host communities get over the effects of war and other forms of conflict. The programme runs projects in primary health care services, food and income security, education, water, hygiene and sanitation and capacity building programmes for peace and reintegration. Currently, the programme is operational in eight out of the 10 States of South Sudan.
AAH South Sudan is a country programme of Action Africa Help International (AAH-I), an African-led, not for- profit humanitarian and development agency based in Nairobi Kenya that supports livelihood-challenged communities to sustainably improve their wellbeing and standard of living. With other country programmes in Uganda, Zambia, Somalia and Kenya, AAH-I has more than 20 years’ experience working with communities in conflict and post-conflict situations, including refugees, internally displaced people, and host communities.
The world’s newest nation, South Sudan has some of the worst health indicators in the world. With funding from Evangelische Entwicklungs Dienste / Church Development Service, Germany (EED), RPHCP has been the flagship health programme of AAH South Sudan operating in Maridi, Ibba, Mundri West and Yei in Western and Central Equatoria States of South Sudan. RPHP works to improve health service delivery in 35 Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities, Maridi Nurses/ Midwifery Training School and Maridi Hospital. AAH South Sudan has been a key ally of government, gaining recognition for the support in the development of the primary health care (PHC) system from the community to the policy level. This includes strengthening the referral system between health facilities, developing human resources for health by improving the number and skills of health staff, and support to development of local authorities and village health committees. It has also improved access to essential health services, including EPI, Safe motherhood, and basic sanitation.
Achievements as of September 2015
We have been actively involved in improving the health of the South Sudanese communities. Some of our efforts include construction of health facilities. In 2015, we have constructed two health facilities (Kendila and Kundulu) in Morobo and Mundri counties respectively-bringing the services closer to the communities. Critical services offered at these facilities include pre and post-natal services, child immunisation and family planning and all geared towards improving the health of mothers and children.
Other achievements include:1,378 healthy children have been delivered by our skilled medical staff, out of which 64 have been through pregnancy related operations (Caesarian Sections), 39,455 children under five years have been treated, 5,509 pregnant women have been able to attend their first ANC (Antenatal Care) clinic,2,632 pregnant women have attended at least four visits., 1,440 women have been supported to access modern contraceptive methods, 4,356 pregnant mothers have been supported to receive Malaria treatment reducing drastically the number of malaria-related deaths, 10,714 children have received life-saving vaccines (DPT3) and 10,368 have received the measles vaccine, 4,606 lab tests conducted and appropriate medication administered.
AAH South Sudan is supporting the training of nurses and midwives at the Maridi Nurse Training School to address the severe shortage of qualified health workers in South Sudan where prolonged conflict has adversely affected the health system. In 2015, 40 skilled medical practitioners; 20 Nurses (5 females and 15 males) and 20 Midwives (14 females and 6 males) are undergoing training with an aim of deploying them to various health facilities throughout the country upon graduation.
With funding from USAID under the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) led by Jhpiego, the Integrated Service Delivery Project (ISDP) aims to make available a standardised, functional, equipped and staffed health facilities able to provide a minimum package of quality Primary Health Care (PHC) services. Interventions have a focus on maternal and child health care. The project is also keen to work with communities to raise awareness and mobilise them towards their own health issues.
Achievements as of September 2015
We are known for implementing successful projects in health. AAH South Sudan through the USAID-funded ISDP project has supported 71,873 people to access curative and consultative services. In addition, we have also supported the vaccination of 15,890 children from life-threatening illnesses.. Additionally, 45 HIV-positive women have been supported to access EMTCT (Elimination of Mother to Child Transmissions) services while a further 12,248 have been supported to receive malaria prevention treatment. 2,225 deliveries have been conducted in health facilities by SBAs (Skilled Birth Attendants).
South Sudan continues to face serious food security challenges. Focusing on the fertile green belt states – Western, Eastern and Central Equatoria, this project is designed to rapidly increase agricultural productivity, increase trade, and improve the capacity of producers, private sector and public sector actors in South Sudan to develop commercial smallholder agriculture. The focus has been on maize, sorghum, cassava and groundnuts, with a particular focus on maize. FARM provides technical support to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) on policy and national level issues; working closely with the Department of Agriculture in the three states and also providing extensive support to county and local government extension services. Through its Grant Facility the project also provides further support to Farmer-Based Organisations and Cooperatives. The project has resulted in significant increases in yields and production of quality seed for seed companies operating in South Sudan; however, access to markets remains a challenge.
Achievements as of September 2015
The first phase of this project wound down April shortly after which the second phase began immediately. The one-year project will run up to April 2016 and has a total funding of USD 1, 540,244. The major role of AAH South Sudan will be rallying of community members to adopt modern farming technologies, extension services and education of farmers on modern farming techniques. In 2014, 4863.6 hectares of land were put under productive cultivation. 11, 136 individuals were trained on modern agricultural practices and technologies. 13,754 farmers adopted new technology and modern practices.
Through funding from World Bank through the Government of South Sudan (GoSS)/Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), EFCRP aims to assist farmers increase agricultural productivity and food production; income generation and support communities repair their assets through cash for work.
In 2014, the project oversaw the conversion of 21,742 feedans (22,588 acres) of idle land into productive land through cultivation. Extension services were strengthened and close to 25, 947 farmers adopted various improved agronomic practices such as: proper land clearance, row planting, timely wedding and harvesting; and post harvesting management leading to increased production and reduced losses during storage.
Since 2013, AAH South Sudan with funding from UNHCR has been providing logistical support for refugees operations targeting refugees mainly from Sudan, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)and the Central Africa Republic (CAR) with an operation base of 8 out of the 10 states in South Sudan (Western Equatoria, Central Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, Unity, Upper Nile, Western and Northern Bahr el Ghazal States).
In 2014, AAH South Sudan in collaboration with other partners intervened in three most affected states of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei as well as Western Bahr-el-Ghazal and Lakes States responding to the needs of over 240, 000 refugees, asylum seekers and directly and indirectly reached out to over one million internally displaced persons. The project established a reception centre at the Yida refugee camp in Unity state that provided 14,330 newly arrived persons assistance before they were later relocated to the newly-established camp in Ajuong Thok.
Additionally, the project moved nearly 15 million kilograms of core relief items and supplies including food, medicines, shelter and other basic essentials such as fuel and water to various destinations where they supported survival of affected communities. A major component of this included overseeing all warehousing operations and the project managed storage and dispatch of essential items in Juba, Maban, Yida, Jam Jang and Yei.
This project was also being implemented in Northern Uganda. Based on ASARECA’s previous experience of scaling-up orange fleshed sweet potato and quality protein maize, the project was designed to promote adoption and scaling up of production of the high-yielding New Rice for Africa (NERICA) technology. The long-term goal was to increase food productivity and therefore food security and incomes in chronically food insecure communities.