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Africa

Sudan

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FRAGILITY RANKING

8th out of 178 countries


Overview

Decades of civil war has claimed the lives of more than 1.5 million Sudanese people and caused mass suffering and forced evacuations for millions more.

Political instability and renewed conflict have left 2.1 million people internally displaced in Sudan. Flash flooding and earthquakes also caused 121,000 people to be displaced in 2018.

Cycles of flooding and drought in much of the country bring additional challenges to the families that have been forced to flee. They’re facing shortages of food and clean water, and access to healthcare is extremely limited.

The 2003 conflict in the Darfur region in western Sudan left over three million people without a home and living in overcrowded camps. Relief International started working in North Darfur in 2004, and is one of the last remaining aid organizations in Zamzam camp. Very few services exist here for the camp’s growing population of over 200,000 residents.

Relief International works with vulnerable communities across Darfur to deliver healthcare, secure access to clean water and food, improve basic hygiene practices, and create employment opportunities.

Our teams provide primary healthcare, vaccinations, family planning, and care for expectant and new mothers at 47 locations. We also build local capacity by training national health service providers and conducting community-wide campaigns on disease prevention and healthy practices.

Darfur is desert-like and water is scarce. Relief International collaborates with local pump mechanics to rehabilitate hand pumps across the state. This provides access to safe drinking water and a long-term strategy to keep the pumps working, while creating job opportunities at the local level.

We’ve constructed hundreds of specialized latrines across Zamzam camp – ensuring residents have the sanitation facilities they need to prevent the outbreak of disease. Input from camp residents led the latrines to be designed with bamboo mats for the structure, a material that copes with Sudan’s withering heat better than the traditional plastic sheeting often used by aid agencies.

Our nutrition services at 48 locations in North Darfur treat malnourished children and educate community nutrition workers. Relief International also provides seeds and agriculture training on kitchen gardens to women who are heads of the family. These compact gardens are grown in sacks and maximize the small space outside huts in the dense camp, increasing household nutrition and creating a chance to generate income by selling excess produce in the local market.

“Sudan is experiencing a remarkable political transformation,” says Allan Freedman, Relief International’s Regional Director for Africa. “But amid this political change are tremendous challenges to meet a worsening humanitarian situation, which by all accounts is likely to grow worse before there is hope for long-term recovery. We are on the ground across three states providing life-saving health care, ensuring water is safe to drink and working to rebuild livelihoods.”


Our 2018 Impact in Sudan
336K
health consultations
562
healthcare providers trained
$7.9M
spent on our programs

Stories From Sudan

Learn more about our work in Sudan from our staff and beneficiaries.

Sudan

The Darfur Crisis: Then and Now

Fifteen years after the Darfur crisis began, the humanitarian situation in Sudan continues to deteriorate following years of conflict, poverty, and under-development.

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Sudan

Kitchen Gardens in North Darfur Make Nutrition Sustainable

Meet Medina, a mother of nine from North Darfur and a participant in Relief International’s nutrition program.

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Sudan

As the Darfur Crisis Drags On, Disease Kills

Relief International has operated continuously inside Sudan’s ZamZam camp since 2004, relying on our strong relationships with the camp’s residents to tackle issues facing the community.

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Sudan

Day in the Life of a Relief International Country Director

Dr. Wali joined Relief International in 2004 as a Health Coordinator at the height of the Darfur crisis. Over the past 15 years, he has served in progressively senior roles and now oversees the program as Sudan Country Director.

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A woman attends a nutrition awareness session at one of Relief International's healthcare centers in Sudan's Zamzam camp. Elie Gardner/ RI

Sudan

The Darfur Crisis: Then and Now

Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI

Sudan

Kitchen Gardens in North Darfur Make Nutrition Sustainable

Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI

Sudan

As the Darfur Crisis Drags On, Disease Kills

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Sudan

Day in the Life of a Relief International Country Director

A woman attends a nutrition awareness session at one of Relief International's healthcare centers in Sudan's Zamzam camp. Elie Gardner/ RI
Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI
Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI
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A woman attends a nutrition awareness session at one of Relief International's healthcare centers in Sudan's Zamzam camp. Elie Gardner/ RI

The Darfur Crisis: Then and Now

Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI

Kitchen Gardens in North Darfur Make Nutrition Sustainable

Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI

As the Darfur Crisis Drags On, Disease Kills

sudan-staff-story-210819-e1566554986223.jpg

Day in the Life of a Relief International Country Director

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Featured Project

Responding to Sudan's Forgotten Crisis

Sudan’s Blue Nile State, situated along the country’s southeastern border, has known war for more than 60 years. Though it’s dwarfed by protracted humanitarian crises in neighboring Darfur and South Sudan, Blue Nile State is home to one of the world’s forgotten crises.

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