The ICRC in South Sudan
Facts and Figures
In 2012, the ICRC:
- helped members of over 1,700 families dispersed by armed conflict to get back in contact, mainly through phone calls. It also reunited 24 children with their families.
- made 22 visits to places of detention for humanitarian reasons, to monitor and where necessary seek to improve conditions and treatment. Acting as a neutral intermediary, the ICRC also helped repatriate 32 released prisoners of war from both Sudan and South Sudan to their respective countries.
- delivered relief and shelter items, such as clothing and mosquito nets, and food aid to 132,000 people affected by conflict across the country. A further 42,000 people received seed and agricultural tools as livelihood support
- vaccinated 280,000 animals (belonging to over 41,000 people) against the most common fatal diseases.
- performed 816 emergency surgical procedures in Malakal Teaching Hospital and provided paediatric and physiotherapy services. A further 900 people wounded in armed violence were treated using materials and drugs donated to hospitals and several first-aid posts.
- treated over 2,000 physically disabled people through ICRC-supported physical-rehabilitation services. 212 prostheses, 91 orthoses, 211 wheelchairs and 440 pairs of crutches were delivered. Patients also benefited from physiotherapy services.
- improved access to clean water for over 110,000 people, by repairing and building community water points and treatment plants in rural and urban areas and installing emergency water-distribution systems where the needs are acute.
- held information sessions on international humanitarian law for 4,000 members of South Sudan's army and provided legal advice to the South Sudanese government on acceding to IHL treaties.
- provided wide-ranging structural, technical and legal support to the South Sudan Red Cross. The ICRC helps develop a growing Red Cross network of emergency action teams across the country, which stand ready to support communities in disaster situations.
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