Humanitarian Action for Children
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As the Sudan continues to undergo political transition, the country is facing a complex and protracted humanitarian situation characterized by conflict-related displacement, flooding, epidemics, malnutrition, food insecurity and a deteriorating economy. As of August 2019, 1.8 million people, including 800,000 children, are displaced; and the Sudan is hosting the fourth-highest number of refugees and asylum seekers in the world at 1.1 million.
In 2020, an estimated 9.3 million people, including 4.65 million children, will require humanitarian assistance. Deteriorating household food and nutrition security remain the key drivers of vulnerability in the Sudan. An estimated 5.8 million people – 14 per cent of the population – are experiencing crisis or worse levels of food insecurity, and some 3.2 million women and children are suffering from global acute malnutrition. An estimated 700,000 children require treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM).
Due to soaring annual inflation, purchasing power and access to social services have deteriorated, forcing the population to adopt negative coping mechanisms and threatening the well-being of women and children. Outbreaks of diseases such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya and cholera pose an enduring threat. The limited number of operational partners in the context of insecurity and inaccessibility continues to hinder humanitarian assistance.
Key planned results for 2020
300,000 children aged 6 to 59 months affected by SAM admitted for treatment
1,500,000 people reached with messages on appropriate hygiene practices
120,000 women and children reached with gender-based violence prevention, risk mitigation and response interventions
Funding requirements for 2020
In 2020, UNICEF will focus on providing basic services to the most vulnerable people in the Sudan, including internally displaced persons and refugees, by putting protection at the centre of humanitarian action. This includes strengthening systems, capacities and processes to deliver efficient and effective services in areas affected by conflict, epidemics, floods and malnutrition. UNICEF will implement the response through 10 field offices and by leveraging its cluster leadership to prioritize partner resources and interventions.
In health and nutrition, UNICEF will focus on life-saving services and prevention, including early detection and treatment of SAM, infant and young child feeding, integrated management of childhood illness, the provision of essential medicines and capacity building of health care providers. In water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), UNICEF will provide safe drinking water and sanitation facilities and risk communication services. Protection risks will be addressed through investments in the mitigation and prevention of gender-based violence. In education, UNICEF will advocate for accelerated and flexible access to schooling for 1.7 million out-of-school, crisis-affected children. In line with the Grand Bargain commitments and efforts to link humanitarian action and development programming, UNICEF will strengthen partnerships and coordination mechanisms to invest in durable solutions, resilience and capacity development.
Humanitarian Action is at the core of UNICEF’s mandate to realize the rights of every child. This edition of Humanitarian Action for Children – UNICEF’s annual humanitarian fundraising appeal – describes the ongoing crises affecting children in Sudan; the strategies that we are using to respond to these situations; and the donor support that is essential in this response.