South Sudan

  • Group of Red Cross responders in South Sudan

Helping in South Sudan

Improving Water and Sanitation for Returning Sudanese Populations

As hostilities ceased and South Sudan gained independence, many citizens displaced by the war are returning home. As the number of residents increases, so does the potential for waterborne diseases. In order to reduce the risk of disease, since early 2009 the American Red Cross has been supporting the work of the Danish Red Cross and Sudanese Red Crescent to help Sudanese populations in Magwi county of Eastern Equatoria state gain access to clean water and sanitation facilities. By increasing access to water, training communities in proper hygiene and health practices, and supporting community latrine construction, the Red Cross hopes to reach approximately 30,000 people.