South Sudan: Acute Malnutrition Situation January - April 2019 and Projection for May - July 2019
01.01.2019 > 31.08.2019
January - April 2019 
May - August 2019 



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DISCLAIMER: please note that this IPC Acute Malnutrition analysis was integrated with an IPC Acute Food Insecurity analysis referring to the same period. Please click here.

How Severe, How Many and When – A total of 860, 000 children are likely to suffer from acute malnutrition in 2019 based on the results of the SMART nutrition surveys, Food Security and Nutrition Monitoring System (FSNMS) and admission trends for 2018.

Where – 42 counties are classified as Serious (IPC Acute Malnutrition Phase 3) and above. The counties of Akobo, Ayod, Canal Pigi, Pibor, Duk, Uror (former Jonglei); Abiemnhom, Panyijar and Pariang (former Unity); Twic (former Warrap); and Awerial (former Lakes) are classified as Critical (IPC Acute Malnutrition Phase 4). No county was classified as Extremely Critical (IPC Acute Malnutrition Phase 5). However, further deterioration is expected in the projection period (lean season) of May-August 2019 with more than 55 counties classified as Serious 4 (IPC Acute Malnutrition Phase 3) and above, therefore requiring urgent and targeted response.

Why – The major factors contributing to acute malnutrition include insufficient availability of food, very poor quality and diversity of food, relatively high prevalence of diseases6 and poor child care practices. Elevated level of food insecurity (IPC AFI phase 3 and above) in some counties also contribute to acute malnutrition. Additionally, reduced access to food, nutrition and health services linked to conflict including inter communal conflict in some counties is also aggravating the levels of acute malnutrition. 

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