The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, today launched an urgent funding appeal for the response to COVID-19 and new humanitarian needs.
The COVID-19 Addendum to the 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan requests US$390 million, bringing the overall South Sudan humanitarian appeal for the year to $1.9 billion. The National COVID-19 Response Plan, seeking $150 million, is included in this addendum.
Humanitarian organizations aim to assist 7.4 million people through the year, up from the 5.6 million targeted before the pandemic.
Mr. Noudéhou said that the humanitarian community in South Sudan is committed to stay the course and deliver much-needed essential services and assistance to the most vulnerable.
He reiterated that pre-COVID-19 humanitarian operations must continue, while addressing new needs created by the virus, to avoid life-threatening consequences for people already facing serious risks including renewed conflict, hunger and other preventable diseases.