Clean water in Sudan
Because the public water distribution network in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, does not reach all areas of the city, the population relies heavily on water delivered by commercial tankers. In some areas, however, even commercial water deliveries have become irregular due to a lack of security. People often have to travel long distances to obtain water or food, putting themselves at risk of being attacked on the way.
Inadequate water supplies and sanitation facilities contribute to the spread of diseases including cholera, not least because people cannot maintain proper hygiene. Moreover, hospitals and clinics cannot function without a reliable supply of clean water.
Working with relevant authorities and communities, ICRC not only responds to emergency needs but also facilitates permanent improvements to infrastructure in damaged communities.
GOALS AND EXPECTED IMPACT
Working with the local authorities and technicians in Juba, the ICRC has used this Swiss Re Foundation grant to ensure clean water access and mitigate health and security risks, install water or sanitation facilities in case of emergency, donate water-treatment chemicals and promote better sanitation practices. The ICRC has also repaired facilities at ICRC-supported clinics to minimise interruptions in the provision of care.