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European Commission’s Humanitarian Office supports fight against child malnutrition in Sudan with grant of €2 million for UNICEF

KHARTOUM, Sudan/ BRUSSELS, 22 January 2014 - UNICEF Sudan will receive €2 million from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Office to help in the fight against child malnutrition in Sudan.

For many children, growing up in Sudan can be tough. Threats to their survival and well-being are many, and malnutrition is one of them.

“Across Sudan, an estimated 750,000 children under the age of five require treatment for severe acute malnutrition,” said Mr. Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Representative in Sudan. “Reaching these children is both a humanitarian and development imperative, as timely interventions to prevent or treat child malnutrition will save not only lives, but also protect children from a lifetime of chronic underachievement.”

“We are very happy that ECHO is deepening its commitment to the children of Sudan through this grant.”

The ECHO grant will help UNICEF and partners in providing a well-coordinated humanitarian response through life-saving nutrition interventions for children under five, focusing on eight states in Darfur and Eastern Sudan. In particular, the project will allow UNICEF to continue its support to treatment of children with severe and acute malnutrition and also push for the development of sustainable solutions for managing child malnutrition, by building capacity of local Government and communities to deliver critical nutrition services for children.

The project aims to reach 98,000 children under five suffering from severe acute malnutrition – which is defined by a very low weight for height and is responsible, directly or indirectly, for over one-third of deaths among children under five globally.

“Sudan remains a humanitarian and development challenge, malnutrition rates are beyond emergency levels in many regions and the European Commission is committed to improve the situation,” said Ms. Andrea Koulaimah, Head of Unit in charge of Sudan at the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department.”

“We welcome UNICEF’s intervention to address the nutritional problems of the most vulnerable groups, and in particular those of children under five in some of the critical areas in Sudan.”

In addition to the Ministry of Health, UNICEF is counting on 22 implementing partners to deliver this project: Almanar, American Refugee Committee, German Red Cross, Concern, GOAL, Kuwaiti Patient Fund, MSF-Belgium, MSF-Switzerland, Norwegian Church Aid, Talawiet, Relief International, TearFund, World / Global Relief, World Vision, International Medical Committee, Sudanese Red Crescent, Sibro, Care International-Switzerland, Johniter, Save the Children-Sweden, and Catholic Relief Services.

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About the European Union:

The European Union supports humanitarian relief activities for vulnerable people in crisis zones around the world through the European Commission's Department for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO).

About European Commission's Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection:

The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union. Aid is channelled impartially, straight to victims, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation. ECHO is among UNICEF’s largest humanitarian donors. In 2012 alone, it provided over 70 million Euros for UNICEF’s projects worldwide to support children.

For more information on ECHO: http://ec.europa.eu/echo/index_en.htm

For more information contact:

Lone Hvass, UNICEF Khartoum, + 249 969 272 680, lhvass@unicef.org

Antoine Gryn, ECHO Brussels, +322 229-57996, Antoine.GRYN@ec.europa.eu

 


 

 

 

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