IOM Rapid Response Team Provides Health, Water and Sanitation Assistance to an Isolated Village in South Sudan

Date Publish: 
05 Jun 2015

IOM South Sudan’s Rapid Response Team (RRT) spent two weeks in the village of Kandak in Jonglei State's Ayod County to extend humanitarian assistance to displaced and vulnerable host community households.

Since the outbreak of violence in December 2013, humanitarian access to Kandak has been limited due to fighting and seasonal flooding. A January 2015 inter-agency rapid needs assessment mission estimated that 25,000 people—including 4,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 21,000 vulnerable host community members—in Kandak were in need of humanitarian assistance. Conflict and food insecurity have displaced more than 2.1 million people since the crisis erupted.

In March, the IOM team traveled to Kandak on a two-week mission during which they set up a temporary health clinic to provide medical, maternal, nutrition and other curative health care assistance. The team also provided water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) assistance, including repairing a borehole to increase access to safe drinking water.