Children drinking clean water from a borehole drilled by World Vision in Tonj South, Warrap State.
World Vision is scaling up Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities to address immediate needs of the displaced persons and prevent outbreaks of waterborne diseases in Twic County, Warrap State.
Twic county hosts more than 10,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled their homes in Unity following the outbreak of conflict in December 2013. The conflict has displaced more than 1.5 million people, including about 385,000 as refugees in neighboring countries. More than 7 million South Sudanese are food insecure.
“World Vision and other humanitarian actors are racing against the clock to ensure that the vulnerable children and their families have access to clean water and food to prevent outbreak of diseases and famine in the country,” says Perry Mansfield, World Vision South Sudan Programme Director.
The arrival of IDPs in Twic has constrained water and sanitation infrastructure, according to country authorities. Twic has poor water and sanitation coverage estimated at 6 percent and 2 percent, respectively according to our recent baseline survey. World Vision is the only NGO assigned the task of providing WASH services for IDPs in Twic county.
“We are urging World Vision to respond to the water needs of the community especially in Mangok and Tongtol. Lack of clean water in these villages has forced people to leave their homes to settle in other areas,” says Mr. Biar Biar, commissioner of Twic county.
In May, World Vision started rolling out its WASH intervention in three IDP camps in Twic county. World Vision is drilling nine new boreholes, rehabilitating 15 existing boreholes to improve access to clean drinking water for both host community and IDPs. World Vision will also construct 20 latrines in the IDPs camps to improve sanitation for over 10,000 IDPs in the country. To ensure sustainability of boreholes, World Vision will identify and train local water management committees and mechanics to ensure sustainability of safe, clean drinking water.
The WASH activities will work together with other response activities and assist in curbing outbreaks of waterborne diseases like cholera, which has infected 1,700 people in Juba, the capital. World Vision’s WASH teams are working in IDP camps to sensitize people on best hygiene and sanitation in order to prevent cholera outbreak in the crowded IDP settlement camps including Malakal UN base in Upepr Nile.
Since January, World Vision has reached 278,683 beneficiaries through various interventions including WASH, food and nutrition and providing other household supplies in Upper Nile, Warrap and Unity States.