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16 October Oct 2014 1834 16 October 2014

South Sudan, AVSI Nutrition activities in Ikotos County

Through a project supported by Health Pooled Fund, AVSI aims to strengthen service delivery under the stewardship of County health department of Ikotos County, with particular focus on maternal and child health and nutrition. And in collaboration with World Food Programme, AVSI implements a project called “Food for Education”, in collaboration with WFP to increase the access to education providing school meals for 4.000 children in 7 schools in Ikotos County.

Read more about the projects on AVSI South Sudan website
Following the conflict that erupted in South Sudan in December 2013, nearly a million people have been internally displaced as of 15 May, according to UNHCR. More than 345,000 have sought refuge in neighboring countries. Compared to February and October 2013, an increase in food insecurity has been noted in conflict affected areas. As of May, 3.5 million people are in need of urgent action to protect their livelihoods, save lives and prevent famine.
In addition, the food security outlook for 2015 is increasingly alarming in the most conflict-affected states of South Sudan (Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity), and is unlikely to improve in the short-term. Urgent interventions are needed, even in hard-to-access areas, to prevent a further deterioration in food security.
AVSI intervention there is not only directed to face an emergency response, but through the project “Basic health access support in Ikotos County, supported by Health Pooled Fund, it aims to strengthen service delivery under the stewardship of County health department of Ikotos County, with particular focus on maternal and child health and nutrition
In collaboration with World Food Programme, AVSI implements a project called “Food for Education” to increase the access to education providing school meals for 4.000 children in 7 schools in Ikotos County. Not only food! The food distribution is combined with nutrition education and social support for teachers and pupils. In fact AVSI strongly believes in the value of person and supports the beneficiaries of its action to discover their value and to hone their skills and capabilities. Teachers and care givers are the people in charge of children psychological and physical well-being, and they are first line of intervention to identify children in difficulties. For this reason, teachers and caregivers are supported with training and motivated for the creation of social environment where children can express their talents.
Read more about the projects on AVSI South Sudan website