OVCI - Improving nutritional condition of most vulnerable groups in Juba

Project completed

Malnutrition among children and other vulnerable groups remains worse as a result of the prevailing food insecurity situation in South Sudan. According to the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for South Sudan, some 1.8 million people – the majority of which are children under five years - face malnutrition. Through this project, Volunteers Organization for International Co-operation (OVCI) intends to address malnutrition of vulnerable children, pregnant and lactating mothers and other destitute persons in Juba County by improving their dietary intake.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
South Sudan
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Emergency food assistance
Primary health care
Basic nutrition
Infectious desease
01.03.2019 - 30.04.2021
CHF  1’438’000

Although fighting across South Sudan has considerably decreased due to the recently signed peace agreement, humanitarian needs remain dire as a result of multiple factors (e.g. insecurity, destroyed livelihoods, market disruption). Largely, the security situation still remains fragile preventing people from engaging in meaningful production activities which has resulted into widespread food and nutrition insecurity.

The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report released in November 2018 shows that, an estimated 6.1 million people are facing severe food insecurity with about 1.8 million people facing malnutrition and are in need of nutrition assistance. According to UNICEF, the estimated caseload of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) across the country has increased from 237’459 at the start of 2018 to 362’077 currently.

Objectives Improve the nutritional condition of the most vulnerable, malnourished children, pregnant and lactating mothers and other special groups in Juba.
Target groups
  • 52,000 pregnant and lactating women
  • 500 children
  • 920 school kids and orphans
  • 100 infants
  • 350 families of disabled persons
Medium-term outcomes
  • Improvement of the nutritional conditions for at least 2,000 pregnant and lactating mothers;
  • Improvement of the health status of at least 50,000 pregnant and lactating mothers;
  • Improvement of the health and nutritional status of at least 500 children;
  • Improvement of the nutritional status for 50 families with family members with disabilities.

Expected results:  

  • Improve nutritional conditions for 2,000 pregnant and lactating mothers, support 500 children.
  • Improve health status of at least 50,000 pregnant and lactating mothers by providing micronutrient supplement and vitamins
  • support 100 infants in difficult conditions
  • Provide for breakfast meals for school and orphanages in Juba for 500  children
  • Support nutritional status of 350 families with family members facing disabilities.

Results from previous phases:  

  • 1,250 pregnant and lactating mothers received nutritional support and additionally 50,000 pregnant & lactating women received micronutrients rich in folic acid, iron and vitamins.
  • 400 children received daily dietary food supplement that improved their nutritional condition, including 20 infants that were supported with special milk.
  • 350 families with disabled family members received food kits that improved their nutrition.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • Other international or foreign NGO North

Coordination with other projects and actors World Food Program, Medair, FarmStew as well as a close coordination will be ensured with the Nutrition and Health Cluster and Food Security Livelihood cluster respectively.
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’438’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’356’250 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF   306’000 Budget inclusive project partner CHF   1’236’000
Project phases

Phase 2 01.03.2019 - 30.04.2021   (Completed)