Sweden’s flexible funding to enable lifesaving interventions for the most vulnerable in Sudan
KHARTOUM 23 December 2020 – The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has contributed an additional SEK 15 million (approx. $1,779,000) in flexible funding to UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal, on the top of the 10 million in 2020. This generous contribution will ensure that thousands of vulnerable Children and Women have access to urgent lifesaving basic services.
Flexible funding allows UNICEF to be more agile, as it provides the freedom to steer resources to the most critical parts of our operations to continue delivering our humanitarian mandate where it is needed the most. Furthermore, this will also help support UNICEF’s work in strengthening resilience of conflict and disaster-affected children, who are among the most vulnerable communities in Sudan, with access to critical water, sanitation, nutrition, education, health and protection services
“Children and families in Sudan continue to bear the brunt of a dire economic situation, conflict, malnutrition, disease outbreaks and now COVID-19. Many lack access to the most basic services,” said UNICEF Sudan Acting Representative Mohamad Ahmed Hassan. “Thanks to this generous contribution from Sweden, UNICEF will continue to help meet the needs of the most vulnerable children and families, protect their lives and restore their hope for a better future.”
Note to Editors:
- The economic crises in Sudan has resulted in shortages of essentials and a large decline in people who can afford the local basic food basket, which puts an estimated 2.9 million Sudanese people at risk for nutritional deficiencies.
- Food insecurity remains alarmingly high, with an estimated 9.6 million people, including malnourished children, experiencing high levels of acute food insecurity and in need of Health and Nutrition services.
- The economic crisis in Sudan has also resulted in shortages of essentials such as fuel and pharmaceuticals. Approximately 700,000 children under the age of five suffer from severe acute malnutrition (SAM), and some 2.2 million children are moderately malnourished (MAM). Malnutrition, which is preventable, poses an immediate danger to people’s health, limiting physical and cognitive development, and making children more susceptible to disease.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child and is committed to the children of Sudan. We never give up on finding solutions that provide immediate help to save the lives of children or provide durable support so that those children grow up with dignity, health and an education.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.