Substantial humanitarian action is urgently required in Sudan in 2014.Overall, a total of 6.9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance including life-saving interventions, protection from conflict and violence, strengthening household and community coping mechanisms and, where conditions permit, supporting longer-term solutions to the plight of internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees.
The UN and partners have agreed on the following strategic objectives for 2014:
Saving Lives: Reduction of morbidity and mortality rates to below emergency thresholds and improvement in well-being.
Protection: Conflict-affected and displaced persons are more effectively protected from violence and exploitation.
Resilience: The most vulnerable households, groups and communities are better able to mitigate risk and withstand shocks and stresses.
Durable Solutions: Progress towards durable solutions is achieved for IDPs and affected communities in targeted localities.
As outlined in the individual sector response plans, the eleven sectors in Sudan have planned a set of complementary activities under each of the strategic objectives. Key priority actions for 2014 remain:
• Improving emergency preparedness and responding promptly to new crises of displacement.
• Addressing the extremely high levels of malnutrition and tackling the underlying public health issues driving these.
• Enhancing the security of conflict-affected populations.
• Facilitating better access to essential services in camps and host communities.
• Reducing food insecurity and increasing household economic autonomy.
• Re-establishing humanitarian presence in currently inaccessible areas of South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and the Darfur region initially to achieve comprehensive vaccination coverage.