Integrated social protection programme delivers change to mothers and children in Eastern Sudan

Providing marginalized children with the best start in life

15 April 2021
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UNICEF Sudan/2019/Idreesy K

KHARTOUM 15 April 2021 – To ensure the most vulnerable women and children are supported during the 1,000 first days of life, UNICEF, with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through KfW Development Bank as well as the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, will work with the Federal Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) to roll out the government-led Mother and Child Cash Transfers (MCCT) programme in Red Sea and Kassala states-two states with some of the highest levels of childhood malnutrition in Sudan.

The programme aims to mitigate the socioeconomic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the adverse impacts of ongoing economic reforms on women’s incomes and young children’s nutrition outcomes. Up to 50,000 pregnant women and lactating mothers with children under two years of age will be provided with bi-monthly cash payments, along with awareness, knowledge, skills and linkages with strengthened basic services including health, nutrition, child protection, and WASH services. By providing cash, services and information in an integrated way, the programme will contribute to sustainable improvements in dietary intake, infant and young child feeding practices including dietary diversity, ante-natal and post-natal care, overall health, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene practices. 

UNICEF recognizes the programme’s clear potential to transform the lives of children, especially in fueling the cognitive development of a child during the first 1,000 days, and this will give children the best start in life. 

Child survival and good health are the foundations of individual wellbeing and national prosperity. 

As part of this programme, UNICEF will also enhance the capacity of Sudan’s social protection system by supporting the MoSD to establish an integrated Management Information (MIS). The integrated MIS will support the integration of beneficiary data from various social protection programmes, consolidation of beneficiaries’ feedback in decision making processes and improved programme data flows from the sub-national to the national level. 

UNICEF is providing vital and holistic support to significantly improve young children and mother’s health and boost their nutrition condition. All our work is firmly anchored in a health system strengthening approach with a focus on children with the greatest needs.

To give each and every child an equitable chance in life, UNICEF continues to work closely with the Transitional Government of Sudan, UN agencies and international and regional development and financial institutions to ensure policies, strategies and plans are jointly designed, planned, implemented, monitored and evaluated.

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UNICEF Sudan

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