Shipping containers transformed into health centre saves lives
Last year, Concern built a new life-saving health clinic using old shipping containers in just three months in one of the hottest and poorest parts of the world; Chad.
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Concern teams in South Sudan have launched an enhanced emergency response in the country after hundreds of thousands of people were forced from their homes by the worst floods in almost 60 years.
More than 200,000 people – over a quarter of the local population in Unity State – have been displaced as a result of rising flood waters
Concern’s Country Director in South Sudan, Shumon Sengupta, described the magnitude of the flooding as “immense”.
There has not been flooding on this scale in the region since 1962, according to local records, and despite agencies like Concern working tirelessly to respond to the escalating humanitarian crisis, the needs far exceed the current scale of the humanitarian response.
“Families have been displaced and are sheltering on higher ground, in public buildings or with neighbours or family. Access to basic services including health and nutrition support has been disrupted as clinics have been damaged, submerged in floodwaters, or are inaccessible,” he added.
Without access to basic services and a weakened infrastructure to support those in need of medical assistance, the impact of the flooding could lead to an increase in Hepatitis E, Malaria and diarrhoeal diseases and related malnutrition.
Crops and livelihoods have been destroyed, intensifying the already urgent issue of food insecurity and malnutrition.
Even before the flooding, Unity State had extensive humanitarian needs, with two-thirds of the population facing crisis or emergency levels of acute food insecurity.
“Tension among communities has also increased due to pressure on limited resources and further aggravation of the need for humanitarian assistance,” Shumon Sengupta said.
Concern’s team is responding to meet the needs of 32,000 flood-affected people by:
35-year-old Nyaguande* and her family had to leave their home after flood waters submerged it. Along with elderly relatives, they made a five-day, 83 kilometre trek, wading through waist-high water to reach safety in Bieh, where Concern is providing support to her and other vulnerable families.
When the flooding submerged our home, we lost everything including livestock and farm produce.
“The road to Bieh is all covered with water to waist level (almost 1.5m high) making movement slow and tiring. We had insufficient food because we couldn’t carry enough by ourselves and our children started suffering from diarrhoea, vomiting and fever,’’ she said.
* Name changed to protect the identity of the individual
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