The Sudanese Government security forces have been removed from the UN Secretary-General’s annual report which lists parties to conflict that commit grave violations against children, following the implementation of the Action Plan to Protect Children from Violations in Armed Conflict.
UNICEF supported the registration of 12,229 out-of-school children in the basic-level formal education system and 13,640 out-of-school children in Alternative Learning Programmes (ALP) through communitybased enrolment campaigns among emergency-affected populations in Blue Nile, White Nile, Central and West Darfur states. This came in preparation of the start of the new school year in June.
Life-saving access to new or improved water sources was provided to 41,077 people who are affected by or at-risk of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD), Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and South Sudanese Refugees (SSRs), including 2,500 from Rokero in Central Darfur, 28,577 from Al Abassyea, Goz Habila, El Lilire, and Kadugli in South Kordofan and 10,000 from South Lagawa in West Kordofan.
In preparedness for the annual rainy season and anticipated subsequent flooding, UNICEF prepositioned essential contingency supplies in several parts of the country. The prepositioning of supplies will enable a swift and effective response to possible emergencies
Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs
UNICEF and partners, including the African Development Bank (AFDB), UNDP and WFP, are expediting the preparation for a joint assessment of the impact of the economic crisis on the Sudanese population, with a focus on urban cities and towns. The assessment examines the transmission channels of the economic crisis, households’ coping mechanisms, and welfare impacts of the crisis, and builds on similar exercises carried out globally after the 2008/2009 Global Financial Crisis. The assessment is undertaken in partnership with the newly created Commission on Poverty Reduction under the Ministry of Social Security and Development. UNICEF is also exploring the feasibility of establishing a high frequency and decentralized monitoring system that would allow for real-time monitoring of the impact of the economic crisis on the vulnerable groups. Additional objectives include informing on timely policy response plans and actions.
In preparedness for the anticipated heavy rainy season and subsequent flooding that annually affects wide areas of Sudan, UNICEF prepositioned essential supplies for contingency purposes in June for the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and for health and nutrition response such as chlorine powder, plastic jerrycans and Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) kits, plastic tarpaulin and plastic sheets. All the items were dispatched to partners in Kassala, Gedarif, Blue Nile, White Nile, South Kordofan, North Kordofan and the five states in Darfur. The prepositioning of supplies will enable a swift and effective response to possible emergencies in areas that are difficult to access during the rainy season.
Acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) continues to be a concern, especially considering that the rainy season has just started in several parts of Sudan. In East and South Darfur, technical coordination efforts have started under the leadership of the State Ministry of Health (SMOH) and with active participation of UNICEF and partners, in order to advance preparedness actions and ensure a coordinated response to potential new cases. Preparedness measures, including water chlorination and hygiene promotion activities along with the distribution of hygiene Non-Food Items (NFIs) are ongoing in AWD affected areas through the State Water Cooperation (SWC), and SMOH supported by UNICEF, WHO and other partners.