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South Sudan - Humanitarian Response

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Juba, South Sudan — On 19 December, several initial rapid needs assessments were carried out in Juba, in areas with groups of displaced people and in neighbourhoods which were affected by the fighting. Inter-agency assessments teams visited the UNMISS base in Jebel area (Juba 3); the UNMISS base in Tomping; Juba Teaching Hospital; and five

neighbourhoods around town. The assessments in UN bases covered food security and nutrition, health, protection, shelter and NFI and WASH. The preliminary findings are: immediate need of site planning and management, emergency latrines, hygiene promotion, water purification/storage, provision of emergency food

(sugar/CSB++), and primary health services and nutrition screening. Partners have begun responding to the most urgent needs, and responses are ongoing. The assessments around Juba neighbourhoods focused primarily on protection and found some areas of Juba deserted but no concentrations of displaced people. Further assessments are planned for 20 December.

As the situation of civilians sheltering in UNMISS bases has become protracted, clusters are mobilizing to provide technical advice and appropriate supplies to help UNMISS provide life-saving services (including water, shelter and emergency healthcare) in the bases, in line with the UNMISS protection of civilians mandate.

In the health sector, the main hospital in Juba (Juba Teaching Hospital) is operating at full capacity, with 220 patients admitted as a direct result of the violence. Aid organizations have provided emergency supplies, including surgical supplies and reproductive health kits to the hospital since 17 December.

SOURCE Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in South Sudan

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