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ARC South Sudan

Head Office: Juba

Where ARC Works: Central Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Warrap

Who We Serve: More than 1,500,000 refugees, IDPs, returnees and host community members

In 2011, the people of South Sudan voted to become an independent nation. The country arrived to independence after enduring decades of conflict that left communities to face extreme poverty, violence, hunger and disease. Millions were forced from their homes. Since independence, the challenge for South Sudan and the international community is moving from crisis to recovery. Many challenges remain, and partnerships are crucial to getting help to those who need it most.

In December of 2013, conflict erupted again in South Sudan, forcing more than 1 million people from their homes. The violence has exacerbated a food crisis in the country, and the impending famine will be devastating. Our team in South Sudan is ready to provide lifesaving support to those who have remained in the country. 

 

What ARC does in South Sudan:
  • Capacity Development for county health departments
  • Primary Health Care
  • Reproductive Health Care and Emergency Obstetrics
  • Immunization and Childhood Disease Prevention
  • Health Facility Construction and Renovation
  • Gender-based violence prevention and response
  • Cholera Response
  Operational Since: 1994

ARC began operations in Kajo Keji County in South Sudan in 1994, providing health services to people displaced by the war. Operations have since grown dramatically.

As the Republic of South Sudan transitions from a state of crisis to early recovery, the demand of health service provision is changing from direct implementation by NGOs to the capacity development of the Ministry of Health through partnership with County Health Departments. ARC currently provides integrated water and sanitation, health care, and microenterprise development programming for war-affected residents and returning refugees.

From July 2013 onwards, the “county based service delivery model” has become  the cornerstone of ARC’s technical health approach, supporting and strengthening health service delivery and health systems by building the capacity of the County Health Departments in four counties. ARC works hand in hand with local providers to implement primary health care activities in health facilities throughout Kajo Keji, Magwi, Kapoeta South and Kapoeta East.

ARC is well known for its gender-based violence prevention and response projects in South Sudan where we provide services for survivors of violence including counseling, paralegal advice, referrals, and clinic services. Raising the community's awareness of gender-based violence is a way to address the root causes of gender inequality and influences behavior change.

Milestones:

ARC’s work with the CORE Group’s Polio Project, in conjunction with the local County Health Department, has provided routine immunizations to 15,561 children in Kajo Keji, Kapoeta South, Magwi, and Kapoeta East Counties. 

In Kapoeta East, Kapoeta South and Magwi, ARC collaborates with the local County Health Department to administer health care services, ranging from obstetric and pediatric care to screenings and vaccination, to 467,379 individuals in 60 different facilities.

 ARC is currently beginning work on the renovation of the Kapoeta Civil Hospital in the Kapoeta South district in an effort to improve maternal and child health outcomes throughout the region. The work plan calls for infrastructure improvements, capacity building with local healthcare professionals, and improvements to referral systems, staffing, management, and supply chains. 



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