18 trucks assigned to the Common Transport Service (CTS)
3,416 tonnes of humanitarian freight transported to T2
65 humanitarian agencies supported by CTS in Q2
1,071 humanitarian staff housed in 2 logistics and humanitarian centers managed by IOM
During the second quarter of 2021, a total of 499 humanitarian staff from almost all humanitarian organizations operating in the Upper Nile and Unity States were permanently accommodated in two large centers in Bentiu and Malakal. Along with the permanent residents, 572 humanitarian staff on short-term visits from various humanitarian organizations also used these two hubs during the fourth quarter of 2021.
IOM operates two humanitarian centers which provide logistics bases, accommodation and offices to UN agencies and NGOs in Bentiu and Malakal. An increase in the number of humanitarian visitors was observed during these first two quarters, indicating an increase in humanitarian response activities after a significant drop in 2020 due to C-19 restrictions. In the second quarter, IOM started infrastructure improvement works in the Malakal and Bentiu hubs, mainly upgrading the wastewater and water distribution system, upgrading the power grid and the development of additional office space in the Bentiu hub for partners. IOM, with the support of the hub management committees, strictly enforces the recommended C-19 access control, washing and residence protocols at both hub locations to minimize exposure to COVID-19 for humanitarian workers residing in the hubs.
At the end of 2019, IOM, in partnership with MSB (Swedish Contingencies Agency) and in close coordination with OCHA, ICWG and the NGO forum, assessed and planned eight new remote sites across South Sudan for the construction of humanitarian centers. . These centers will also ensure a conducive and secure environment for humanitarian / NGO workers as well as United Nations agencies to stay and provide assistance to vulnerable populations in hard-to-reach areas. New hubs will expand humanitarian access, improve communication with communities and local authorities, accelerate rapid needs assessments and enable an appropriate response to identified needs with and by affected communities. Each humanitarian hub is designed to accommodate and house up to 20 aid workers at a time, and continuous rotation will allow the entire humanitarian community to benefit from the establishment of such hubs making the humanitarian response as local as possible. . Out of eight sites, the first site in Kodok (Upper Nile State) funded by FCDO with MSB and construction work will be completed in August 2021 while construction work on the second new hub in Leer (Unity State) will also be completed in September 2021. Construction of a new humanitarian center in Raja in WBG state is scheduled to start in August 2021, funded by ECHO and MSB.
During this quarter, IOM completed construction and inaugurated a humanitarian center in the town of Pibor, funded by SSHF (South Sudan Humanitarian Fund) and currently managed by Plan International. This hub is helping to improve the delivery of vital humanitarian services to populations affected by flooding, to scale up the response and to make the response as local as possible in Jonglei. Since the inauguration in June 2021, the hub has been fully occupied and the number of organizations using these accommodation and office premises is increasing as there was no such dedicated facility available in the region previously. for humanitarian workers and this indicates the considerable importance of the humanitarian hubs project in South Sudan. .