Home | Press Releases    Wednesday 7 May 2014

EU contributes €4.5 million to support S. Sudanese children


7 May 2014
Juba, South Sudan

The European Commission, through its Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection department (ECHO), has announced a contribution of €4.5 million to UNICEF in a bid to scale up the emergency response in South Sudan.

With over a million people – more than half of them children – displaced by the conflict that broke out in December last year, children and women are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in the world’s youngest nation. The situation will deteriorate further when the imminent rainy season arrives, as it will cause flooding that will increase the risk of water borne epidemic diseases and will cut-off many areas from receiving urgently needed humanitarian assistance.

“We welcome this contribution from ECHO, which comes as we are in a race against time to respond to the needs of children, the most vulnerable in such situations,” said UNICEF South Sudan Representative Mr Jonathan Veitch when the contribution was announced. “As it is, we estimate that nearly a quarter of a million children will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year. If we cannot reach them with appropriate assistance, up to 50,000 of those children will die. This generous contribution from ECHO will help us to reach them and to save lives,” he added.

The contribution of €4.5 million will support UNICEF in its emergency response in South Sudan, ensuring timely availability of water and sanitation supplies, supporting measles vaccinations, provision of therapeutic nutrition supplements for malnourished children, provision of child-friendly spaces and psycho-social support for children affected by the crisis as well as for strengthening UNICEF’s cluster coordination in WASH and nutrition sectors.

"The European Union is stepping up its efforts to prevent South Sudan from becoming one of the biggest protracted humanitarian crises of our time. The EU has so far contributed more than €130 million in humanitarian aid in 2014, out of which the European Commission alone provided €50 million through ECHO. We are now ready to boost our life-saving assistance by an additional €4.5 million to the benefit of vulnerable people affected by the crisis in South Sudan and to address the urgent needs of South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries. One of our main partners in the response to the crisis is UNICEF who cares in particular for the most vulnerable of all – children, and I am happy we can increase our support to UNICEF and its dedicated staff to address the plight of the people", said Jean-Louis De Brouwer, ECHO Director Operations.

Since 1992 ECHO has partnered with UNICEF to reach emergency affected populations with much needed aid. During the course of 2012 and 2013, UNICEF in South Sudan received €5 million from ECHO which together with funds from other donors was used to reach over 900,000 people affected by emergencies.

“UNICEF South Sudan has had a long and effective relationship with ECHO and this generous contribution is a valuable component in our continued partnership to reach the most vulnerable children who are affected by crises,” added Veitch.

For more information, please contact

  • Doune Porter, Chief, Strategic Communication, UNICEF South Sudan Tel: +211 (0)952 819 302 Email: dporter@unicef.org
  • Mercy Kolok, Communication Officer, UNICEF South Sudan Tel: + 211 (0) 955639658 Email: mkolok@unicef.org
Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Tribal politics is what destroying our social fabric 2015-11-25 06:08:13 By Malek Cook-Dwach, “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.”? Albert Einstein In the paradox of (...)

Beyond the Façades of Khartoum: The rise of Sudan’s ‘nouveau riche’ and increased economic disparity 2015-11-22 23:36:46 By Suliman Baldo As Sudan loses skilled professional workers, in Khartoum, a privileged minority grows richer, living in opulence and purchasing luxury goods with money from the state or income (...)

Exodus from Sudan: The flight of human capital and the growth of a parasitic economy 2015-11-21 20:54:49 By Suliman Baldo Sudan’s skilled and professional workers, who could repower industry and commerce in Sudan if they had access to opportunities and an environment with greater economic (...)


Latest Press Releases

Deadly Public Order raid in Umm Dawm 2015-11-11 13:26:10 The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA)Deadly Public Order Raid in Umm Dawm On the 14th of October, the Public Order Police (POP) carried out a sweep in Umm Dawm, an area (...)

S. Sudan civil society groups to the 28 states issue to constitutional body 2015-10-08 17:26:10 South Sudan Civil Society Organizations Submission on the Creation of 28 States in the Republic of South Sudan Press Statement For immediate Release 8th October 2015 Following the announcement (...)

Sudan Democracy First Group Statement on The International Day for Democracy 2015-10-01 22:18:58 22 September 2015 Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) commemorated on 15 September 2015 the International Day for Democracy, which the United Nations (UN) marks as a day to encourage governments (...)


Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.