GOAL has been operating in the former southern Sudan since 1985, and is currently operational in the Upper Nile and Warrap states, and the Abyei Administrative Area.
In July 2011, after decades of civil war, South Sudan gained independence from Sudan. However, such an extended period of conflict and civil unrest had left the country severely underdeveloped, particularly lacking in public health and education facilities.
GOAL is primarily focused on the delivery of health and livelihoods programmes to help the country develop its capacity to provide for the needs of its people.
We have traditionally focus on the delivery of primary healthcare through providing direct support to Ministry of Health facilities (specifically in preventative and curative care, community health, nutrition, and emergency response).
GOAL’s nutrition programme provides preventative and curative treatment of acute malnutrition in children aged 6-59 months and pregnant and lactating women in Melut and Ulang.
Our operations have expanded in recent years to include food security and livelihoods (including cash transfers to households and traders, agricultural seed and tool distribution, and vegetable and staple crop training).
After South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on July 09, 2011, a power-sharing government was formed. Representatives of the two main tribes (Dinka and Nuer) held the offices of president and vice-president respectively. A political power struggle developed, which led to violence breaking out on December 15, 2013 between soldiers loyal to each of the two men.
The violence, largely along tribal and ethnic lines, spread to many parts of the country, resulting in widespread bloodshed and population displacement.
The conflict continues to this day and is a leading cause of severe food insecurity throughout the country. Localised famine in two Unity State counties in February 2017 was halted by a massive multi-sectoral humanitarian response, although most of the country is in at least IPC3 Crisis Phase of food insecurity.
Currently, six million people are severely food insecure; 1.9 million people are internally displaced from their homes, with over 2 million people living as refugees in neighbouring countries.