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Sudan: Population & Operational Update: South Sudanese Refugee Response (1 - 31 July 2018)

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Refugee relocations to support camp decongestion in White Nile State.

Flash flooding destroys refugee and host community homes in West Kordofan.

WASH progress made in Al Lait, North Darfur.

Population Update

  • NEW ARRIVALS PROJECTIONS FOR 2018 REDUCED TO 50,000 INIDIVIDUALS BY 31 DECEMBER – Inter-agency partners agreed to revise new arrival estimates for 2018 to 50,000 by year-end. The original estimate was 200,000. The decision follows a notably slower rate of new arrivals in the first half of the year so far. By 31 July, nearly 27,000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Sudan, as compared to 176,000 new arrivals in the same period in 2017. A revision of the 2018 South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) is underway to review budget requirements in light of reduced new arrival flows and the ongoing economic crisis.

Operational Update

  • RELOCATION TO SUPPORT DECONGESTION OF WHITE NILE STATE’S LARGEST CAMP – The first phase relocation for refugees from Al Waral camp to the new Al Jameya camp began on 1 July, with 1,070 households (5,149 people) relocated by end of July. Heavy rainfall has delayed the delivery of shelter materials for an additional 180 households waiting to be relocated. The relocation will support decongestion of Al Waral camp, which currently hosts over 12,700 HH (nearly 50,000 people). Al Waral’s original planned capacity was 4,000 HH (20,000 people). The new camp’s plan adopts a more sustainable design, including durable shelters (i.e., tukuls) and household latrines. Al Jameya camp has been planned to accommodate 5,680 HH (25,000 people); however, relocation of additional refugees is dependent on availability of funds to construct the required household latrines to accommodate additional families.

  • REFUGEE CLINICS IN WHITE NILE STATE CONTINUE TO FACE DRUGS SHORTAGES – The State Ministry of Health (SMoH) redistributed drugs from its emergency stock to address drugs shortages in six refugee camp clinics (Um Sangour, Jouri, Dabat Bosin, Al Redis I, Al Redis II and Alagaya); however, ongoing shortfalls are anticipated from August. The SMoH has asked humanitarian partners to cover supply gaps until the end of 2018. WHO has donated drugs from its emergency stock in July, as a response to the critical situation. UNHCR is working on drug procurement to cover until the end of the year.

  • CARE INTERNATIONAL SWITZERLAND (CIS) AND SAVE THE CHILDREN ARE ADDRESSING HEALTH GAPS FOR REFUGEES AND HOST COMMUNITIES IN SOUTH KORDOFAN – Save the Children provided a refresher training for midwives at health facilities in Gedied, Qurayd and Sirajiya, which provide primary health care services to over 18,000 refugees and host community members. In El Leri, CIS trained 11 additional health care providers to improve service access at the refugee clinic at the settlement. CIS also provided two-month supply of essential medicines to the clinic, with sufficient stock to treat 10,000 individuals until end of August. Support for essential medicines supplies is urgently needed.

  • REFUGEES SEEKING FARMING OPPORTUNITIES IN WEST KORDOFAN – Over 300 refugee households are participating in community farming initiatives in El Meiram through support from El Ruhama Organization. The programme includes a training-of-trainers (TOT) component for farmers on crop production techniques. El Ruhama has also provided 200 host community households with seeds and tools. Agriculture is a key source of livelihoods for refugees living in West Kordofan. Large movements of refugees from settlement areas to farms have been observed in recent weeks, with refugees working as contract labourers for the agricultural season or working in partnership with some landowners.