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JUST RELEASED - South Sudan IPC Acute Food Insecurity and Malnutrition Situation January-June 2018

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Nearly 7.1 million people in South Sudan are heading towards severe food insecurity in the coming months without sustained assistance and access.
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In January 2018, 5.3 million people (48% of the population) were estimated to be facing Crisis and Emergency (IPC Phases 3 and 4) acute food insecurity, out of which 1 million people are facing Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity. Compared with the same time last year, this reflects a 40% increase in the population facing severe food insecurity in the post-harvest season. The nutrition situation reflected a typical post-harvest seasonal improvements, with expectedly lower GAM rates. 

 

In the absence of all forms of humanitarian assistance, in February–April 2018, an estimated 6.3 million (57% of the population) would be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse acute food insecurity, of which 50,000 are estimated to be in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5). Despite the depletion of food stocks in some counties and the early onset of the lean season, the nutrition situation is expected to remain the same stable as of January 2018. 

 

From May 2018, in the continued absence of all forms of humanitarian assistance, an estimated 7.1 million people (63% of the population) would face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse acute food insecurity, of which 155,000 are estimated to be in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) and 2.3 million are estimated to be in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) – at this time, rising excess mortality and acute malnutrition would be expected. In particular, the nutrition situation is expected to deteriorate significantly as a result of unprecedented levels of food insecurity, high morbidity, outbreaks of diarrhea and other illness, poor infant and young feeding practices as well as limited access to services due to the heavy rains

 

To prevent populations falling into Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5), sufficient and sustained multi-sectoral humanitarian assistance, unhindered humanitarian access and close monitoring of the worst-affected areas is required.

 

>> Read the full South Sudan IPC TWG communiqué

Country
East & Central Africa South Sudan
Publication date
Feb 2018
Food Security ClustersFEWS NETFAOThe Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS)CARE InternationalACF
The World Food Programme (WFP)unicefSICASave the ChildrenOxfamThe Joint research Center (JRC) of the European CommissionIGAD