Sudan is a country with complex challenges, where the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. In 2003, fighting broke out in the western region of Darfur, displacing more than two million people. Today, Darfur remains volatile and insecure, with continued small-scale conflict and persistent drought conditions that have fueled an extended humanitarian crisis. The people of Darfur suffer from severe malnutrition and lack basic health, water and sanitation services.
Relief International arrived in Darfur in 2004 with just $10,000 in private funds to combat the food crisis bred by civilian displacement. Since that first project — which distributed hundreds of chickens to provide households with a steady food supply — RI has created high-impact health, nutrition and water-and-sanitation programming in the arid state of North Darfur.
In 2017, Relief International programming will reach more than 580,000 people, roughly one-third of them at the Zamzam camp for displaced persons, where RI is one of the last remaining aid organizations.
RI programs also reach remote areas of Darfur that otherwise would have few services. RI’s work in Sudan:
- Delivers nutrition services at 35 locations in North Darfur. RI teams with the community to treat malnourished children, diversify diets and train community nutrition workers.
- Provides primary health care, vaccinations, reproductive health care, prenatal care and maternity care at 27 locations. RI also trains national health service providers and conducts community public health promotion activities.
- Builds and restores water infrastructure, and promotes proper hygiene and sanitation.
- Provides women with training and seeds to establish kitchen gardens to improve household nutrition and increase livelihoods.
Learn more about our work in Sudan below.