South Sudan, MEDAIR: Refugees Maban

Project completed

The Yusuf Batil Camp is the second largest refugee camp in the Maban County, with a population of 40’648. With only a few small villages in the area and low government capacities, refugees depend on United Nations and Non-Governmental Organisation partners to provide all essential services such as water, sanitation and health care.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
South Sudan

Drinking water and basic sanitation (WASH) (til 2016)
01.03.2016 - 31.12.2016
CHF 400'000

South Sudan currently hosts 265’770 refugees, the majority coming from Sudan (Southern Kordofan and blue Nile State) and now residing mainly in Upper Nile and Unity States. These States are two of the areas most affected by violence and displacement. The host communities have experienced multiple displacements themselves and therefore have limited capacities to support the refugees entering from Sudan. With the ongoing armed conflict in Blue Nile State and in South Sudan, the refugees find themselves in a protracted emergency situation.


Contribute to the prevention of excess morbidity and mortality of refugees in Yusuf Batil Camp and other vulnerable populations in Maban County.

Target groups
  • 40’648 refugees in the Yusuf Batil Camp.
  • 5’000 host community members.
Medium-term outcomes

Reduce morbidity from water-related diseases through improved access to essential WASH services.


Expected results:  

  • Provide safe water supply for refugees.
  • Provide access to sanitation facilities for refugees.
  • Promote hygiene behaviour change, community participation and ownership of water and sanitation provisions for refugees.

Results from previous phases:  

  • Responsible for the operation and maintenance of a water distribution network.
  • Construction of shared family latrines.
  • Provide access to safe drinking water to schools in the camp.
  • Technical advice, capacity building and health promotion.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Medair

Other partners

Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM), Tearfund Belgium, ECHO

Coordination with other projects and actors
  • Commission for Refugee Affairs
  • Maban County Commissioner
  • Other NGOs
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   400'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   400'000 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF  900'000
Project phases Phase 4 01.03.2017 - 28.02.2018   (Completed)

Phase 3 01.03.2016 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.03.2014 - 31.05.2015   (Completed)