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Agencies appeal for USD 390 M to combat coronavirus

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon 

The Humanitarian Agencies in South Sudan are appealing for 390 millions U.S dollars to address the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and humanitarian needs in the country. This brings the overall appeal for the year to $1.9 billion.

Alain Noudéhou, the Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan said during the launching of the urgent funding appeal on Tuesday that the funds would support the COVID-19 response and new humanitarian needs.

The National COVID-19 Response Plan, which requested $150 million, was included in the addendum.

Noudéhou said the Humanitarian organizations were aiming at assisting 7.4 million people by the end of the year, apart from 5.6 million planned before the outbreak of the pandemic.

“The humanitarian community in South Sudan is committed to stay the course and deliver much-needed essential services and assistance for the most vulnerable, including older people, people with disabilities, women and girls, as well as those who have been newly hit, such as the urban poor,” the Coordinator said.

Since the pandemic broke out in South Sudan, humanitarian organizations working alongside the Government and other development partners have been supporting the National COVID-19 Response Plan with emphasis on prevention and mitigation.

The Coordinator revealed that there was need to see possibilities of supporting the people of South Sudan.

 “The pre-COVID-19 humanitarian operations must continue while we address new needs created by the virus, to avoid life-threatening consequences for people already facing serious risks including renewed conflict, hunger and other more preventable diseases,” he said.

As the pandemic continues to surge globally, South Sudan has registered over 1,776 cases of the coronavirus as of Monday evening report.

Noudéhou said the spike has already got significant negative impact on the humanitarian situation, socio-economic and political progress the country has made over the past few years.

He said the Humanitarian organizations were working hard to respond to the outbreak and prevent its spread to new areas across the country.

Mr. Noudéhou said the collective response to the pandemic crisis would only be effective if the country becomes peaceful. 

“South Sudan is currently experiencing an increasing level of inter-communal violence and continuation of armed conflict in parts of the country,”  

“This is killing hundreds, displacing tens of thousands and hampering delivery of assistance. We need to see urgent political progress to increase stability and security at all levels to protect civilians and humanitarian workers; to ensure predictable access; to enable delivery of humanitarian and health assistance; and to facilitate socio-economic recovery.”

He called for the continued support of long-standing donors and the commitment of new partners for timely and flexible funding.

“We must come together for a coordinated effort that engages the whole South Sudanese society and international partners, and that prioritizes prevention above all.”

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