The UNHCR Standardized Expanded Nutrition Surveys (SENS) provide regular nutrition data that plays a key role in delivering effective and timely interventions to ensure good nutritional outcomes among populations affected by forced displacement. Gorom Refugee camp is located 24 km from Juba city. It has an estimated refugee population of 23471 who are mainly of Ethiopian nationality. The Anyuak refugees from Ethiopia have been in Gorom settlement since 2011. UNHCR and ACROSS carried out the nutrition survey in Gorom refugee camp from 16 to 20 September 2019. The overall aim of this survey was to assess the general nutrition and health status of refugee population and formulate workable recommendations for appropriate nutritional and public health interventions. UNHCR population figures from ProGres were used to determine the total population and that of children 6-59 months for survey planning purposes. At the end of August 2019, the Gorom refugee population was 2347 individuals. 395 (16.8%) of these were children under five years. An exhaustive survey was conducted in relation to children as the total population size of Gorom camp was below 2,500 people rendering sampling unnecessary following UNHCR SENS guideline. All children aged 6-59 months in the camp were surveyed.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Children 0-23 months
Children 6-59 months
Women 15-49 years
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The SENS covered the following topics:
- Children 0-23 months: feeding practices
- Children 6-59 months: prevalence of acute malnutrition, underweight, stunting and anaemia, coverage of vit A supplementation, and prevalence of diarrhoea
- Women 15-49 years: prevalence of anaemia
- Households: food security
Health and Nutrition
Gorom Refugee Camp
Children 0-59 months Women 15-49 years Refugee households.
A household was defined as: a group of people who live together and routinely eat out of the same pot. Where two families share the same pot, they were assessed as one household even if they lived in the same compound.
Producers and sponsors
An exhaustive survey was conducted as the total refugee population size of Gorom camp was below 2,500 people rendering sampling unnecessary. All children 6-59 months/ (0-23 months for IYCF) in the camp were surveyed. All the households were included for the anthropometry, anaemia and IYCF modules. For the women questionnaire and the food security modules, half of the households were sampled. The surveys were undertaken by six teams composed of four members each (one team leader, one haemoglobin measurer, one anthropometric measurer/translator and one anthropometric/haemoglobin measurement assistant). Each team was allocated the villages to survey. Village locations and boundaries was discussed during the training to ensure all teams knew where to go. If an individual or an entire household was absent the teams were instructed to return to the household or revisit the absent individual on the same or the next survey day. If they were unsuccessful after this, the individual or the household was recorded as absent, and they were not replaced with another individual. If the individual or an entire household refused to participate then it was considered a refusal and the individual or the household were not replaced with another. If a selected child was living with a disability or a physical deformity preventing certain anthropometric measurements the child was still included in the assessment of the other indicators If it was determined that a selected household did not have any eligible children, the other relevant questionnaires were administered to the household (anaemia measurement for women and food security).
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
A total of six survey teams composed of four members each (one team leader, one hemoglobin measurer, one anthropometric measurer/translator and one anthropometric/hemoglobin measurement assistant were included in each survey. A standardized training lasting five days, which included a standardization test was provided. Data collection lasted five days. The survey teams were supported by a team of 2 supervisors and 1 coordinator who roved between the teams duration the data collection. Mobile phone questionnaires using Open Data Kit (ODK) android software was used for data collection for all the modules. Data validation was carried out daily by the survey coordinator, which allowed for daily feedback to the survey teams. Data analysis was carried out using ENA for SMART July 9th, 2015 version for anthropometric indices and Epi info version 7 for all the other data.
UN Refugee Agency
1) Children 6-59 months: This included questions and measurements of children aged 6-59 months. Information was collected on anthropometric status, oedema, and enrolment in selective feeding programmes, immunisation (measles), vitamin A supplementation and morbidity from diarrhoea in past two weeks before the survey and haemoglobin status.
2) Infant 0-23 months: This included question on infant and young child feeding for children aged 0- 23 months.
3) Women 15-49 years: This included questions and measurements of women aged 15 - 49 years. Information was collected on women's pregnancy status, coverage of iron-folic acid pills and ANC attendance for pregnant women, and haemoglobin status for non-pregnant women.
4) Food Security: This included questions on access and use of the GFD ration, negative coping mechanisms used by household members and household dietary diversity.
UNHCR (2021). South Sudan: SENS in Gorom Refugee Camp 2019. Accessed from https://microdata.unhcr.org
UN Refugee Agency
DDI Document ID
UN Refugee Agency
Documentation of the study
Development Economics Data Group
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Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 01: This metadata was downloaded from the UNHCR Microdata Library catalog (https://microdata.unhcr.org/index.php). The following two metadata fields were edited - Document and Survey ID.