Humanitarian Action for Children

UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Situation Reports

UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Appeals


UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Appeal 2017

In 2017, UNICEF and partners plan for:


conflict-affected people accessing primary health care services


children immunized against measles


children provided with education-in-emergencies supplies and recreational materials

Two million Sudanese children under 5 are acutely malnourished and 550,000 of these children are severely malnourished. Within the African continent, 13 per cent of all children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) are located in the Sudan.

 Malnutrition and food insecurity are exacerbated by conflict-related displacements, El Niño, epidemics, floods and droughts. The ongoing violence in Darfur, the Kordofans, Blue Nile and Abyei has forced more than 3.2 million people 

to flee their homes. Among these are 1.9 million children, many of whom have been separated from their families and affected by grave violations. As a result of renewed conflict and high levels of food insecurity in South Sudan, an increasing number of refugees are seeking protection in the Sudan, which has stretched already limited host community capacities. The Sudan currently hosts 250,000 South Sudanese refugees, with more than 100,000 new arrivals in 2016 (70 per cent of these are children).

Displacements often leave children with limited access to basic services, while exposing them to violence, exploitation, sexual violence, malnutrition and diseases.

Humanitarian strategy

In 2017, UNICEF will continue to support children affected by conflict, cyclical floods, drought, epidemics and chronic underdevelopment, particularly in hard-to-reach areas where children’s needs are most acute. UNICEF and partners will continue to deliver an integrated response, including scaling up interventions in conflict-affected areas for internally displaced and refugee populations and working with the Government to strengthen national systems throughout the county. For the first time in the Sudan, the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) will use a multi-year approach covering the period 2017–2019, and will be linked with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2018–2021 planning process, which is also under development. Discussions are ongoing with the donor community to identify how best to support this multi-year approach. UNICEF developed a strategy for cash programming in 2016 and plans to begin implementation in 2017. An inter-agency resilience programme will be developed in Kassala state to combat acute malnutrition. UNICEF has also continued to advocate to reach children in Blue Nile, the Nuba Mountains and Jebel Marra, which have been partly inaccessible since 2011. This will involve leveraging UNICEF’s influence with the Government and other partners, including as cluster lead for the child protection sub-cluster and co-lead for nutrition, WASH and education.

Funding requirements

UNICEF is requesting US$110,247,169 to meet the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable children in 2017. As the United Nations Humanitarian Country Team in the Sudan has not yet finalized the 2017 HRP, the programme targets and the funding requirements for UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children appeal for 2017 are in line with the 2016 HRP.

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