Humanitarian Health Action

WHO Grade 3 emergency

WHO providing emergency life-saving health services to internally displaced persons in South Sudan

19 August 2015 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are racing to cope with the health needs of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northeastern South Sudan where fighting continues and the humanitarian situation remains dire. More than 10 000 people have arrived to the Malakal protection-of-civilians (PoC) site since 1 August 2015 stemming from a month-long aid blockade to the region. The influx brings the total number of asylum seekers in the PoC to 46 567, with families crammed together with little or no access to safe water or sanitation.