Extending help to the needy
It is estimated that South Sudan has a population of 8 million, subdivided into many tribes having their own culture and language.
More than 50% of the population is less than 18 years old.The decades of two civil wars have left more than 2.5 million people killed, and about more than 5 million externally or internally displaced.
According to U.N. estimates, only 55% of the population has access to drinking water. Less than 1/5 South Sudanese know how to read and write.Hundreds of thousands live in shacks, without access to medical infrastructure, decent sanitation facilities and schooling. Due to inadequate hygiene and a lack of potable water, infectious diseases spread easily. Roughly 80% of the country's population live in rural areas and depend on crop farming as their primary source of livelihood. Climate variation and natural disasters such as drought and flooding have a strong impact on their living conditions.
More than 90% of the population of South Sudan live on less than $1/day, making it one of the poorest countries in the world.
Caritas South Sudan, an efficient and effective organization, committed to peace Building and integral human development, responding to emergencies and community needs. In a society that is emerging from the ashes, the priority for Caritas is the unconditional commitment to promote the integral human development through Peace building and responding to the emergency situations.
Caritas is convinced of the right to live in Peace and Dignity for each human person. This cannot be achieved if Caritas is not empowered and equipped to respond to come up to the expectations of the beneficiaries. Strategic objective To establish an effective and efficient Caritas South Sudan Strategies 1. To develop the capacity of the Staff 2. To establish policies and systems operation procedures 3. To establish a well-equipped organizations with resources 4. To create mechanisms and forum for effective coordination 5. To strengthen communication and advocacy Capacity Strengthening and Trainings Finance Trainings for the Caritas Network including the diocesan finance officers as well as the non-finance staff Caritas South Sudan has organized three Finance trainings (6th � 11th of August, 18th-22nd of September and 28th-30th of November 2013) for Diocesan Caritas Staff. In the first training non-finance staff as well as finance staff was invited to learn more about financial record keeping and the need for strong financial systems to be in place for good program activities. In the second training the Diocesan Finance Staff were invited to familiarize themselves with Quick Books (the financial system the Diocesan Caritas Directors agreed to use as a common financial system all over South Sudan). The third training provided additional Quick book training with more practical use such as creating a chart of accounts, recoding transactions etc. Other trainings Three Caritas South Sudan Staff members attended the following trainings to build their skills at the MS raining Centre for Development Cooperation in Arusha ,Tanzania in November 2012. These trainings covered: Voice and Power Accountability and leadership Value Based Leadership 5 Diocesan staff members from Juba, Abyei, Yei , Rumbek received the following trainings organized by RedR in Juba: Project Cycle Management
Promote effective disaster preparedness and prompt humanitarian response In a country which is subject to regular disasters, both natural and man-made, the poor are made vulnerable and live a cycle of poverty. Caritas South Sudan is convinced that the risk of the disasters can be reduced if preventive measures are taken, people are made aware of the simple gestures and precautions to be taken. Preparing for future disaster will be one focus area for Caritas.
To establish an operational emergency preparedness and response structure at all levels.
1. Prepare Emergency preparedness and response policy
2. Constitute ERT to prepare for emergency interventions
3. Setup and monitor early warning systems in the seven dioceses
4. Secure Emergency Response Fund
5. Empower Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR)
through training and awareness building
Promote Integral Human development through social,economical and political empowerment of the communities
Data from South Sudan and other studies show that periodic estimates for HIV prevalence for pregnant women represent a suitable monitor to HIV trends overtime. However it often overestimates the general population prevalence. For this reason other studies should be conducted, triangulated and corroborated with it. The MOH has implemented the Second Sudan Household Health Survey (SHHS II);
With the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in January 2005, 22 years of civil war in South Sudan officially ended. Since then the focus of health planning has shifted from relief to development. Even so the war, which has greatly affected South Sudan, left all segments of the population still facing formidable social problems including health related challenges such as HIV/AIDS.
The return of refugees from surrounding countries with higher HIV prevalence has increased the risk of HIV infection in South Sudan. High risk behaviours resulting from poverty and certain cultural practices of different communities including returnees and people from neighbouring countries, and high incidences of STIs aggravated by poor access to and/or low coverage of health services further contribute to the spread of the HIV. However, knowledge of prevention methods and where to get help is a critical first step towards addressing some of these key drivers.
Other effects of peace are increased trade and commercial activities across borders (especially increased traffic of trucks and other vehicles along the trans-African Highway), reconstruction and rehabilitation activities, relative peace and affluence coupled with cultural religious and tribal traditions all of which may contribute to the risk of HIV in the post war era