South Sudan Operation Overview – July 2019

The Logistics Cluster facilitates the coordination of the logistics response in support of the humanitarian community. Furthermore, it provides information management products to improve the decision making of humanitarian organisations in South Sudan.

Where logistics gaps are identified, WFP, as the lead agency of the Logistics Cluster, acts as a Provider of Last Resort by offering common logistics services to support the humanitarian community in their response operations.

Operational Highlights

In July, the Logistics Cluster facilitated the transport of 487 mt of humanitarian cargo by air, road and river to 42 destinations on behalf of 37 organisations.

During the month, the Logistics Cluster coordinated 3 inter-agency convoys for 5 organisations transporting humanitarian supplies along the Western Corridor and throughout Central and Eastern Equatoria (towards Kapoeta).

The Logistics Cluster trained 203 participants from seven organisations. The main focus during this month was to train WFP staff members on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) sensitisation. Other trainees took part in a Logistics Cluster Forms training in Bor.

Coordination and Information Management

In July, one coordination meeting was held in Juba to facilitate the coordination of the logistics response amongst humanitarian organisations. A further four coordination meetings were held in Bentiu, Bor, Malakal and Rumbek. In total, 48 organisations participated across these meetings.

The Logistics Cluster published 28 information management products on the operational website, including five updated maps displaying physical access constraints. The most recent Access Constraints map can be found here.

Ebola Virus Disease Preparedness

The Logistics Cluster continues to provide logistics support to partners engaged in EVD preparedness activities. In line with this, the cluster has a stock of Mobile Storage Units (MSUs) available to deploy to high-risk locations in the country and in July sent an additional MSU to Yei for EVD common storage.

The cluster airlifted an emergency medical kit (VHF500) to Yei on behalf of the World Health Organization to be used in the event of an outbreak.

During July, the Logistics Cluster briefed 196 WFP staff members in five different hubs (Aweil, Bentiu, Juba, Malakal and Rumbek) to increase awareness about the virus.

The Logistics Cluster participated in a UN-wide EVD desktop simulation exercise aimed at testing response capacities and identifying gaps.

As lead of the EVD Logistics Technical Working Group and member of the EVD national task force, the Logistics Cluster continues to promote EVD awareness among partners not actively engaged in preparedness activities in the country. EVD information can be found on the cluster’s website.

Source: World Food Programme