Since the beginning of the 2013 civil war in Sudan, nearly 4 million people have been forced to flee their homelands and are constantly moving across territories in and out of the country, often to end up in overflowing camps with minimal security and limited food. 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the war and millions face starvation. Starvation cannot be resolved without peace and today South Sudan faces an acute humanitarian crisis due to ongoing conflict. Peace must be restored in order to revive agricultural production and ensure food security and a future for the peoples of South Sudan.
The Europe Peace Foundation (EPF) asserts the need for peace between the parties in the conflict, urging an atmosphere of dialogue and respect focused on the wellbeing of all humans. We call for a de-escalation of military expenditure and the use of income from oil sales to support humanitarian efforts and, most importantly, restore security so people can return to their homelands.
Most people in Sudan have lived a rural life where farming is essential for each family livelihood. People know how to farm their lands and can revive their crops, but there must be peace keeping forces securing areas for people´s safe return. In additional to the breakdown of food production caused by mass migrations, people in camps and displaced in foreign areas are often in a situation of conflict with other groups and with their host societies, creating further tensions and violence. We ask of all UN members to support peacekeeping missions and help organizations deliver humanitarian aid securely by working with local governments on the safe-passage of returnees.
The Europe Peace Foundation (EPF) will work on the urgent need for community building and building bridges amongst different ethnicities, clans and rival towns, especially after so much violence and strife.
Overcrowded living conditions, poor sanitation, shortage of water, malnutrition and poor immunity, particularly among young children and pregnant women, have led to high infant mortality and pregnancy-related deaths. Nearly 8- 10 women die daily due to pregnancy-related complications, with an estimated 1,900 newborns die each year. Treatable diseases are still prevalent such as cholera, measles, and polio.
The EPF joins the international effort of governments, donors and aid organization in targeting the spread of diseases and capacitating on epidemic preparedness, by establishing mobile vaccination posts to deliver priority health services to targeted areas. These posts will also be points of delivery for basic first aid and water tablets.
One of the most atrocious realities of the wars in Sudan has been the abuse of children. The amount of girls that are sexually abused and boys that are recruited for war is staggering, and often government and police officers are to blame. Sexual and gender-based violence is used as a weapon by government soldiers against women and girls based on their ethnicity. In some camps, up to 70% of women have been raped, with police and officials perpetrating most crimes. Moreover, male children are often recruited and used as child soldiers with the UN estimating that more than 17,000 children have been used in the conflict so far with over 2,500 children soldiers today. The main recruiters are the government forces. The use of child soldiers translates also into a loss of schools for other children since child soldiers use them as their homes, preventing others from using the premises for classes.
The Europe Peace Foundation implores the EU and western democracies to work tirelessly with international aid and emergency relief organizations on securing a safe environment for children to live as children. In Europe Peace Foundation we are prepared to work with projects aiding children that have experience intense violence and trauma to reduce feelings of fear and vulnerability and work on strengthening a sense of trust in themselves and towards others.
South Sudan’s capital was one of the most affected spots by the war. Although many social and health campaigns have taken place in the district, the humanitarian state of affairs is moving slowly. This means that we ought to support in every way we can.
400,000 people have died as a result of the war; a peace agreement has now taken place. However, peace agreement is not where the war ends, the victims -whose life has not ended- are experimenting PTSD, traumas, health complications, etc. It’s highly important to treat these people as soon as possible because this type of damage is ethereal and intrinsic.
Our goal is to provide health posts and emergency services along with medical personnel, ambulances, medical equipment and medicine to meet the health needs of the territory of Juba.
Providing the area with a health center will allow treating all kinds of diseases, will prevent the spread of outbreaks to other areas within the province or the country and will help with PTSD cases present in the territory. We will equip health centers with adequate medical equipment to attend to emergency cases, vaccination campaigns, pediatric care, first aid and hospitalization.
Project: Building two health posts and donating two ambulances.
Country: South Sudan.
Cost per health post: €95.000.
Cost per ambulance: €40.000.
Total cost (2 health centers, 2 ambulances): €270.000.
I. To guarantee preventive medical assistance.
- Promote and organizing vaccine campaigns.
- Distribute basic medicines.
- Using social services to get the community involved in health campaigns.
- Supervising water sources, trash control and sanitation.
- Develop preventive medicine models, vaccine campaign, health education and nutrition.
II. Providing an ambulance for each health post.
III. Developing the health sector.
- Coordinate objective evaluations of sanitarian priorities.
- Supply medical equipment, medicine and specialists in the refugee camps.
- Build medical facilities across the district, including rural areas.
- Evaluate and intervene effectively vectors of communicable diseases and epidemics.
- Prioritize pediatric and obstetric care.
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