UNICEF [to 12 March 2016]

UNICEF [to 12 March 2016]

News note
JUBA, South Sudan, 11 March 2016
Race for survival as South Sudan’s children struggle in forgotten crisis
Humanitarian funding for the world’s youngest country has collapsed, UNICEF said today, putting the lives of tens of thousands of children at risk.

Despite an urgent request by UNICEF in South Sudan for US$155 million in 2016 to support lifesaving interventions such as malnutrition treatment, health care and clean water to support the over 5 million children affected by the crisis, just $27 million – 18 per cent of the appeal – has been received to date.

The gap – some $128 million – will mean 3.3 million children will not be vaccinated against measles, 260,000 children affected by conflict will not be supported to return to school, and efforts to reunify 7,300 separated children with their families will be halted. Essential nutrition supplies will run out in August…