The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has delivered vital supplies to women and children across South Sudan.
The first of two planes chartered by UNICEF) arrived in the capital, Juba, yesterday. The plane brought treatments for malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea and malnutrition, as well as nutrients, vitamins, antibiotics and painkillers for children. The supplies also include midwifery and obstetric surgery kits, equipment that will help to deliver clean water and sanitation, and tents, tarpaulins and blankets.
The next plane is expected to arrive on Thursday, bringing in more medical supplies and water and sanitation equipment.
“These essential and life-saving supplies will help thousands of children and women in desperate need across South Sudan,” said Dermot Carty, UNICEF Deputy Director of Emergency Programmes.
Mr. Carty, usually based in Geneva, will be in South Sudan for a month, supporting UNICEF’s work to assist communities affected by the current crisis, which has taken a heavy toll on civilians since it began in mid-December.