Prior to the conflict, the Sudanese people were already suffering from a humanitarian crisis. Now, the crisis is unfolding rapidly and pushing thousands to flee to neighbouring countries in search of safety, food, and support including at least 450,000 children that have had to flee their homes.
- More than 530 people have been killed and over 4,000 injured due to the conflict.
- Prices of food, fuel and other basic goods are reportedly skyrocketing, making critical goods unaffordable for many people.
- An estimated 50,000 acutely malnourished children have had their treatment disrupted due to the conflict.
- The scale and magnitude of displaced people within Sudan to neighboring countries continues to increase as fighting continues. UNHCR produced a Regional Refugee Response Plan for the next six months, which you can find here.
- The GNC is in close communication with the Nutrition coordination team, both officially and unofficially;
- Key essential staff will work from Port Sudan and others will work from Nairobi;
- In terms of capacity in-country, there is strong national capacity. For example, the sub-national clusters in the eastern side of the country remain functional through national staff and partners (which is currently not as affected by the conflict)
- ICRC is maintaining presence in South Khartoum, Jenina, El Fasher and Djarindjin (Darfur). Established base in sync with MSF in Wadi Madani, operational in Gadaref and Kassala. Aim to access Port Sudan to establish supply chain.
- ICRC will continue to work with the Sudanese Red Crescent, medical supplies and needs are pressing. Medical supplies available in Khartoum but cannot access the warehouses; teams on standby in Addis and other regional locations.
- MSF is maintaining presence in South Khartoum, Jenina, El Fasher and Djarindjin (Darfur) and have finalized an agreement with the ministry of health to support medical centres.
Nutrition Sector actions currently underway include:
- Partner mapping of essential nutrition services (aligning with OCHA template; and kindly supported by GNC RRT IMO)
- Drafting of a ´complementary' response plan for the continuation and resumption of services with nutrition partners, which takes into consideration the functionality of service delivery sites in consultation with partners, identification of key gaps and capacity of partners.
GNC support includes:
- IM support by our IMO in a virtual Helpdesk function;
- Coordination support by our OPS team lead, supporting colleagues in-country;
- A call will be organised between the Sudan team and GNC once evaluations are complete. This call will discuss wider support needs from the GNC
- A partner call was conducted on April 9 to share the response to date and inform partners on the current nutrition situation, including urgent support needs.
- Mental and psychosocial support services - A growing global platform for connecting people, networks and organizations, for sharing resources and for building knowledge related to mental health and psychosocial support both in emergency settings and in situations of chronic hardship.
- Gender based violence - UNICEF has several resources available.