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Ecublens: Swiss-Based Medair CEO Jim Ingram Travels to South Sudan

Raises Awareness of the Desperate Plight of the South Sudanese People

On 9 July, South Sudan will celebrate its first anniversary.  While it’s the newest country of the world, South Sudan is facing the oldest problems of the world: food shortages, displacement, lack of access to basic services, and insecurity.

Jim Ingram, CEO of Swiss-based Medair, an international humanitarian aid organisation, is currently on a two-week field visit in South Sudan.
Besides meeting with his team of 90 staff, Ingram’s trip is also to raise awareness of the grim daily living conditions of the South Sudanese, and highlight the need for more help. The visit enables him to have a first-hand view of how his team is working to preserve the lives of the South Sudanese people through the programmes they administrate. Medair’s health, nutrition, WASH, distribution of non-food items, and shelter programmes benefitted more than 232,000 people in 2011 alone in South Sudan.  

Aimed at not only providing immediate care and access, these long-running initiatives also focus on educating and supporting communities so they become more self sufficient while maintaining a sense of dignity.  Ingram is travelling to Juba, the capital city, as well as Awerial, Jiech, and Renk—towns located in three different South Sudanese states.  

Medair’s work in South Sudan has a strong focus on emergency relief.  For example, earlier this year Medair’s emergency response teams provided access to primary health care, clean water, latrines, and hygiene promotion to more than 20,000 people in the areas of Mina and Abayok in Renk town in Upper Nile State.

“South Sudan is a country of epic problems and grim statistics,” Ingram said.
“Medair is committed to helping relieve the suffering here in South Sudan—and in other parts of Africa, Asia, or other areas with extraordinary need.”  
One out of every 10 children in South Sudan dies before his or her fifth birthday. Almost         two-thirds of the people do not have access to latrines, according to a 2010 Southern Sudan Household Survey.

“Swiss efficiency is paramount to running an effective global humanitarian aid organisation,” Ingram said.  “The Medair team is known for its professionalism in assessing the humanitarian needs in an emergency, and responding to the unique needs of the situation in the areas of medical attention, shelter, or access to safe water and sanitation. Just as we have done here in South Sudan, Medair then stays after the initial crisis to help restore essential services and build local capacity to respond to future crises. We feel it is important to focus on sustainable solutions.”

Medair came to Sudan in 1991 to provide emergency relief and rehabilitation services to people who were affected by the world’s longest running civil war. Twenty-two years later, the organisation is still operating in what is now known as South Sudan.

High-quality photographs, human interest stories, and interviews with field staff are available to interested media. Photos South Sudan

For more information, or to schedule an interview with Jim Ingram, please contact:    

Medair Headquarters (Switzerland)
Janneke de Kruijf – Media Officer
Tel. +41.78.6353095

Medair, a Swiss-based humanitarian relief agency with affiliate offices in France, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA, works to relieve human suffering.  Medair currently provides assistance to more than two million vulnerable women, children, and men in crisis who live in often difficult-to-reach regions in Africa, Asia, and other areas of extraordinary need including Afghanistan, Somalia/Somaliland, Haiti, and D.R. Congo.

The views expressed herein are those solely of Medair and should not be taken, in any way, to reflect the official opinion of any other organisation.



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