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Rising malnutrition/mortality in Yida Camp

  • Special Report
  • South Sudan
  • August 6, 2012
Rising malnutrition/mortality in Yida Camp

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • As a result of conflict in Sudan, the Yida camp in South Sudan now hosts nearly 60,000 refugees, with 300‐500 new arrivals each day. Refugees arrive in poor condition, and the water/sanitation situation is deteriorating, in part due to the onset of seasonal rains. A FEWS NET nutrition and food security survey conducted in early July 2012 suggests that both malnutrition and child mortality have reached emergency levels

    • The survey results indicate a GAM prevalence of 21.8 percent and a SAM prevalence of 6.1 percent (WHO). The GAM prevalence is higher than the WHO Emergency threshold of 15 percent.  

    • The crude death rate over the 90 days preceding the survey is estimated at 0.76/10,000/day. The death rate for children under 5 years of age during this same period is estimated at 2.15/10,000/day. The child death rate is especially concerning given that the survey data indicates an increasing frequency of child mortality over the past three months.

    • Prompt action by national and international partners is required. Better access to water, improved sanitation facilities, an expansion of nutrition treatment programs, and improved screening for malnutrition are priorities.


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