European Commission’s Humanitarian Office supports fight against child malnutrition in Sudan with grant of €2,000,000 for UNICEF
Khartoum / Brussels 22 January, 2014 - UNICEF Sudan has received confirmation of funding to the tune of €2,000,000 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. Myriad threats militate against their survival and well-being, and malnutrition is one of them.
Across Sudan, an estimated 750,000 children under the age of five require treatment for severe, acute malnutrition. 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, said Mr. Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Representative in Sudan.
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 acute and severe malnutrition.
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. 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, stated Ms Andrea Koulaimah, Head of Unit in charge of Sudan at the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department.
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-Begium, 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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