AHA has been operational in South Sudan since 2013 in Abiemnhom and Pariang Counties – Unity State, providing services to refugees from the Sudan, the South Sudanese internally displaced people (IDPs) and host community in the vicinity of the refugee camp.
AHA commenced operations in South Sudan effective April 2013 with core intervention areas in health for refugees in Ajuong Thok and in 2014 was assigned to take over nutrition programs from Samaritan Purse (SP), and reproductive health (RH) programs from the International Rescue committee (IRC). It subsequently expanded the maternity ward to receive more clients from the refugee community in Ajuong Thok.
During the South Sudan crisis in December 2013, AHA supported the distribution of Nonfood items (NFIs) to displaced persons in Juba town. In March 2014, AHA set up camp in Pariang County, and in collaboration with UNHCR and IOM, begun full operations to support IDPs as a Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) agency. The project covered 8 Payams of the Pariang County and has assisted a total number of 10,490 IDPs in line with the IDP response Strategy.
In addition, AHA carried out mobile health interventions in both its refugee and IDP activities in Pariang County. Mobile health teams that included a doctor, nurse and public health teams conducted outreach, treatment and disease surveillance missions in various payams in Pariang County. In total 795 IDPs benefited from the mobile health teams.
In 2015, AHA expanded to Abiehmnom County where it’s the CCCM county focal point, providing data on needs and gaps of the community there. AHA in 2016 scaled down its activities after relative restoration of peace in Pariang County.
Since 2013, AHA remains as the only primary health care center in Ajuong Thok refugee camp providing comprehensive primary healthcare to refugees and IDPs. The populations of concern AHA serves are refugees from the Sudan and the South Sudanese Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and host communities in the vicinity of the refugee camp.