Unicef’s rapid response to save lives
Kibrom and his Unicef colleagues have teamed up with the World Food Programme (WFP) and partners to reach some of the most vulnerable children – just like Nyakui – through a series of rapid response helicopter missions, to some of South Sudan’s hardest-to-reach areas, including Leer County.
During the missions, WFP delivers food supplies, while Unicef specialist staff screen children for malnutrition and provide life-saving treatment for the most severely malnourished children.
The biggest challenge is the transportation of big amounts of humanitarian supplies to such remote areas of the country.
My aim to reach and help all these children, boys and girls who are expecting our help.
Kibrom, Unicef nutrition specialist
Immediate help, long-term prevention
As well as providing emergency treatment for children suffering from life-threatening malnutrition, Kibrom and his colleagues prevent countless future cases through specialist screening. Basic health services like vaccination and safe water supplies help protect children from deadly disease.
Unicef staff help to stop children becoming malnourished again, by supporting mothers with advice about food preparation, including the vital role of exclusive breastfeeding. The rapid response team also registers unaccompanied children, in order for them to be reunited with their families, and supports basic education activities.
All photography: Unicef/2017/Modola