JDF was able to save Teer’s life because of the generous people and organizations that have responded during this critical time. In fact, the humanitarian response to the crisis in South Sudan has been so great that the famine designation was lifted on June 21.
While it was good news, South Sudan is still struggling with food insecurity. The number of people who need assistance has increased because of armed conflict, economic crisis and meager harvests that were depleted well before the current lean season. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification report shows 1.7 million people are still facing emergency levels of hunger, one step below famine.
The U.N. has warned that downgrading the level of existing famine in the region does not mean the situation has completely improved.
IMA and our partners are able to respond in the midst of this crisis because of our long-term commitment to the people of South Sudan and our proven track record of working with the government’s Ministry of Health.
But we can’t do it alone.
Donors who support IMA are helping women and children like Teer to recover from malnutrition and ensuring families have access to health, healing and well-being.
Because everyone, especially innocent children, should know how it feels to be happy and healthy.