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Saturday, 21 October 2017
 

KOICA and UNICEF Sudan Sign New USD 3 Million Agreement to Provide Life-saving water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services in Four States

Khartoum - (Press Release )The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a new partnership agreement today to provide life-saving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions in West Kordofan, South Kordofan, White Nile and South Darfur states, with a special focus on highly vulnerable, and deprived populations among the South Sudanese refugee and host communities.
"The government of the Republic of Korea is very keen to provide assistance for Sudanese people in need, especially for those who are the most vulnerable. Our solid partnership with the UNICEF in Sudan is what makes it possible, and we're very much satisfied with it." says Mr. Kim Do-hyung, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of the Sudan
Renewed conflict and high levels of food insecurity in South Sudan, has generated influxes of South Sudanese refugees across the border in pursuit of refuge and protection; stretching the very limited resources within the host community. Currently Sudan is a host to a quarter of a million South Sudanese refugees, with more than 100,000 new arrivals in 2016 (70 per cent of whom are estimated to be children).The significant numbers of new arrivals, have led to an increase in basic services needs includingwater, sanitation and hygiene, particularly in areas where arrivals were unanticipated, including many sites in South Darfur and West Kordofan. Sudan is further a host to 130,000 refugees of other nationalities.
Over 109,000 of the newly arrived South Sudanese refugees reside in White Nile state.82,500 of them live in seven designated sites where women and children comprise 88 per cent of the population. With limited space, resources and a continuing flow of new arrivals; maintaining the humanitarian response up to standards, and ensuring adequate protection to these refugees, remain a challenge. The average daily water share for these refugees is estimated at 20 litres per person per day, which is considered an improvement in comparison to a previous figure of 9.9 liters per person per day at the beginning of 2015.
WASH service coverage for South Sudanese refugees in South Darfur, South Kordofan and West Kordofan states is still considered far from standards. Open defecation is also practiced in these areas, with regular water-borne diseases outbreaks reported.
This partnership will increase the number of people with improved access to life-saving and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services. The implementation will be in collaboration with the Sudanese Government and NGO partners. The generous three million USD funding from the Republic of Korea will support WASH interventions over a two year period in order to provide access to improved water and sanitation facilities to more than 144,000 people and ultimately contribute to the reduction of mortality in children under five years of age in these settings.
“UNICEF greatly appreciates the partnership with KOICA over the past years and is very grateful for the new three million USD contribution for the children of Sudan.” says Ms. Asako Saegusa, Deputy Representative for UNICEF Sudan. “This generous donation from KOICA will enable UNICEF to respond to the critical water, sanitation and hygiene needs of vulnerable refugee and host community children and their families”.
KOICA and UNICEF currently also have two ongoing projects in Sudan, one on Preventing Malnutrition and the other on Immunization and Integrated Community Case Management.
“UNICEF would like to express its gratitude to KOICA for its expanded partnership and support to UNICEF’s programmes for improving child survival and development in Sudan” adds Ms. Saegusa.