Over 624,050 people in South Sudan enjoy clean water and access to WASH facilities and services

  • 170, 195 people provided with clean and safe water;
  • 33, 912 people provided with latrines and sanitation facilities;
  • 183, 844 people participated in various hygiene awareness campaigns;
  • 83, 000 people received various sanitation and hygiene items;
  • 153, 099 people in communities attended World Vision-organized global WASH events.

The protracted conflict and economic crisis have left over 5.3 million people without sufficient public health, water, sanitation, and hygiene services, leaving many susceptible to preventable diseases and malnutrition.

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The resulting displacements, climatic shocks, such as prolonged dry spells and flooding, have contributed to the lack of basic water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, disruptions to livelihoods, and persistent macroeconomic deterioration.

The conflict and associated economic decline have greatly eroded the local government’s ability to provide basic services to the people with women and children among the most affected.

A father fills the containers from the water system that World Vision supports in Upper Nile.


Open defecation is persistent in 61% of settlements in the country, with an estimated 85% of the population. Only 13% of the population has access to improved sanitation, and only 41% has access to safe water.

The post-conflict era offers hope to the future of children in South Sudan. However, the resulting expected influx of returnees from neighboring countries has put pressure on the existing water points and other related facilities.

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World Vision is working to address these challenges through its longstanding positive working relationships with national and local level authorities, local departments of water, and various community structures.

The interventions are being implemented in collaboration with responsible government agencies and community groups who are being supported through capacity building in relation to the management of water and sanitation and hygiene awareness, guaranteeing the sustainability of activities initiated.

These boys help their parents by getting water from the water point World Vision provided in Renk County.


World Vision’s WASH programs in South Sudan, supported by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United States Agency for International Development/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and World Vision Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, and US, have assisted over 624,050 individuals in its programming zones in Upper Nile and Western Equatoria.

These major accomplishments were celebrated during global events such as the World Water Day, World Health Day, Global Handwashing Day and World Toilet Day.

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Photos by Eugene Combo & Christopher Lete / World Vision