First Deployment:  Assessment

Reason for request:

The violence that erupted in South Sudan mid-December 2013 has led to a humanitarian crisis involving a massive displacement of over 1.5 million people nationwide. The conflict, and associated displacement, has had a significant impact on food security and, consequentially, the prevalence of malnutrition. While famine was averted in South Sudan in 2014, the July 2014 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) correctly projected that food security would deteriorate for displaced populations and host communities in 2015.

The SET team led by ACF but representing the Nutrition Cluster and Nutrition Information Working Group has a mandate to conduct emergency nutrition SMART surveys in the most vulnerable areas identified by the NIWG.  In the current project, three surveys are to be conducted by July 2016 and will likely take place in Unity State, security permitting.  There was a significant need to help provide assistance to the SET team with finalizing the data analysis, report writing etc. of the December 2015 Panyijar SMART survey, writing the survey protocol and planning the Leer County SMART survey, as well as to increase validation technical capacity within the NIWG pertaining to survey validation.  As a result, a request was made to the Tech-RRT Consortium for assistance.  On Jan 3rd, Scott Logue, Tech-RRT Nutrition Assessment Advisor (NAA) was deployed to Juba, South Sudan.

Outcome:

  • Provided feedback and contributed to the validating process of multiple surveys while attending Nutrition Information Working Group (NIWG) meetings.
  • Created a preliminary report template and final report template modeled after SMART templates but tailored to South Sudan context to be used by NIWG organizations.
  • At an NIWG meeting presented validation of data process using ENA for SMART software with sample data sets.
  • Developed Leer survey protocol with Survey Manager and presented to NIWG
  • Worked with Survey Manager to analyze Panjjar SMART data, write preliminary report and present to NIWG for validation, followed by final report submission to NIWG

Second Deployment:  Assessment

Reason for request:

The violence that erupted in South Sudan mid-December 2013 has led to a humanitarian crisis involving a massive displacement of over 1.5 million people nationwide. The conflict, and associated displacement, has had a significant impact on food security and, consequentially, the prevalence of malnutrition. While famine was averted in South Sudan in 2014, the July 2014 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) correctly projected that food security would deteriorate for displaced populations and host communities in 2015.

While famine was averted in South Sudan in 2014, the December, 2015 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), forecast that for the period of January to March, 2016 Guit County will be under Emergency classification. Moreover, the same IPC projection states that 40.000 individual would be under Catastrophe classification in Unity state (Guit included) for March, 2016 (IPC, 2015).

The 2015 conflict in Unity state, and associated displacement, had also impacted Guit county, having a significant effect on food security and, consequentially, the prevalence of malnutrition.  At the moment, INGO’s do not have bases in Guit county, though an Inter-Sector Rapid Need Assessment/Response (IRNA/R) Mission was conducted from February 20th to 24th by UNICEF, World relief, Nonviolent Peace Force, Norwegian People Aid and Concern World Wide. During the response associated to the assessment, interventions in WASH, FSL and health were carried out.

However, no SMART survey had been conducted in all of Guit County (access permitting) since 2013.

Therefore, given the background situation which set Emergency IPC levels of GAM for Guit County for the period January to March, 2016, there was a need to provide the NIWG with an up to date estimate of under nutrition prevalence for programming purposes.

Outcome:

  • Attended the IPC Meetings which were held in Juba between April 19-24 and worked with nutrition colleagues to identify priority counties and completed IPC specific worksheets that are used throughout the IPC classification process
  • Provided feedback and contributed to the validating process of multiple surveys while attending Nutrition Information Working Group (NIWG) meetings.
  • Presented to the NIWG the importance of translating questionnaires (English to Nuer) and provided the NIWG the 4 translated questionnaires (Anthropometry and health, Mortality, FSL, WASH) created for the Bentiu POC survey that can be adapted for other surveys.
  • Provided support to both SET Survey Managers for the Guit County and Bentiu POC surveys.  Support was provided remotely from Juba as well as one field visit for each survey.
  • Worked with Survey Managers to analyze the Guit survey data, write preliminary report (included final data set), and presented to NIWG (validated).
  • Worked with Survey Manager to write and present Bentiu POC protocol,  analyze  data, write preliminary report and present to NIWG for validation, followed by final report submission to NIW

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