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South Sudan: USAID earmarks $50m for health, nutrition and empowerment

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By Julius N. Uma

December 6, 2010 (JUBA) – The Southern Sudan Health, Nutrition and Empowerment (SSHiNE) program has received a $50 million donation, from United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The three-year program, which targets children under five years and household women, will mainly be implemented in the three Southern Sudan states of Warrap, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile.

SHiNE’s s strategic objectives, according to Idrissa Kamara, the program’s chief of staff are to reduce malnutrition in children under five, decrease prevalence of illnesses, especially childhood diseases and enhance women empowerment within households and communities.

While officially opening the 10-day workshop being held in Juba, the South Sudan capital Monday, Samson Paul Baba, Director General for Planning and Coordination in the Health Ministry lauded the newly initiated SHiNE project, describing it as a vital initiative towards improving child nutrition needs and women empowerment in the semi-autonomous region.

“Nowadays, when you address the essential needs of children and empower women, you are directly empowering the society and its inhabitants. This program should involve the active involvement of all stakeholder and partners,” Baba said.

He advised the program implementers to focus on the importance of education, provision of food security needs and train beneficiaries to gain skills that will help the region fight the dependency syndrome problem.

On his part, however, William Hammink, USAID’s Mission Director said child malnutrition remains a serious problem in Southern Sudan, adding that the three-year program will focus on preventive approaches that will address multi-sectoral aspects of nutrition.

SHiNE is a consortium composed of four international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), namely; Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) as lead agency, Food for the Hungry, Malaria Consortium, Concern World Wide and the Johns Hopkins and Loma Linda universities.

As part of the program’s strategic objectives, the implementers will also focus on promoting training and training mothers on health, nutrition and hygiene topics. Other areas include preventing malnutrition in children below the age of 2 (PM2A) ration distributions, home treatment of malaria, diarrhoea, among others.

Local NGOs including Africa Mission Assistance (AMA), Nile Hope Development Forum (NHDF) and Aweil Community Development Organization (ACDO) will carry out task such as food distribution, hygiene promotion and women empowerment aspects, in Warrap, Upper Nile and Northern Bahr El Ghazal states respectively.

A total of $55,759,581 has been earmarked as the life of funding activity for the three-year program, expected to be raised from ADRA and its partner’s contribution, USAID Sudan mission and food for peace projects.

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  • 7 December 2010 07:57, by Thongjang Thongjang

    Bravo SPLM/A and USA . Rabbi Thongjang Thongjang.

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  • 7 December 2010 08:11, by Omoni Atari

    There is something really fishy within this government of south sudan,50 MILLION dollars for three states?? I hope USAID have to monitor and see the use of this money.
    This money can help all states of south sudan .
    Please,stop starting marginalization at this moment,lets settle first and rest.

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  • 7 December 2010 11:39, by Lo-Margarita

    Omoni, let us look at the bright side, let the three regions have better health facilities Nutrition and empowerment. This will see them settling back to their areas and leave Equatoria and land grabbing alone. Thank God GoSS will not be handling the money directly, so you should expect a difference in the coming years.

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    • 7 December 2010 20:21, by Omoni Atari

      Lo-Margarita.

      who told you that there is land grabbing in Equatoria?
      we dont have to look and see something bad and keep quiet.
      we need to standfirm and condemn evil doers.
      Ok, lets wait and see,if they are going to build any health care facilities and nutrition centers in the above mentioned states. This money is going to end up in inviduals pockets , and Landrovers and dont know how to drive too,killing innocents kids and elders.

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