Children in Kuach, South Sudan, learn how to wash their hands properly. USAID and its partners help communities form Care Groups to teach them about essential hygiene and health behavior to prevent diseases like cholera and diarrhea. Photo credit: UNICEF/Kate Holt

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Unites Communities in War-Torn South Sudan

As the single largest provider of humanitarian assistance in South Sudan, the United States has been a leader in working to put an end to the crisis — and helping its people. USAID Administrator Mark Green visited the country in September, calling on President Salva Kiir to acknowledge and address the humanitarian crisis, and meeting with internally displaced persons (IDPs). Later that month, the U.S. Government announced it would be devoting more than $283 million in funding to South Sudan. This assistance will support the work USAID is doing to meet day-to-day survival needs of the South Sudanese people like water, sanitation, food, and shelter.

Leading this response is USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). When disaster strikes — either man-made or natural — OFDA sends regional and technical experts to the affected country to address humanitarian needs. OFDA responds to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries around the world each year. It has been working in South Sudan since the crisis broke out. With USAID support, 1.1 million people in South Sudan receive lifesaving humanitarian assistance every month.

Read the full article in USAID's Global Waters magazine.

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