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UK Backs Lifesaving IOM Operations in South Sudan

The United Kingdom has increased its support of IOM’s lifesaving operations for vulnerable populations across South Sudan. Needs remain immense two years into the crisis, with an estimated 1.7 million people internally displaced and millions more in urgent need of assistance.Through an additional contribution of GBP 5 million (USD 7.5 million), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) will help address these growing needs by enabling the provision of emergency shelter, relief items and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) materials to households in remote and conflict-affected areas, as well as displacement sites.In addition, the funding boost will support site expansion efforts at the UN protection of civilians (PoC) site in Malakal, Upper Nile State, where nearly 47,800 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are seeking protection. As co-lead of the Shelter/Non-Food Items (NFI) Cluster, IOM will procure, store and coordinate distribution of essential household items, such as shelter construction materials, for approximately 26,500 households, or 132,500 people. DFID’s contribution ensures that the pipeline of supplies will be sustained during the first half of 2016 without interruption.IOM will dispatch these items to strategic locations during the dry season to enable pre-positioning and timely release of items.

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