- Population: 46,330,344
- People in need of humanitarian assistance: 9.3 million
- People internally displaced: 1.8 million
- Percentage of population below the poverty line: 46.5%
- Time spent in Sudan: 35+ years
- Impact of Building Resistance for Poverty program: 60% increase of sorghum in 2019
In 2020, violence and instability still affect the area of Darfur, causing displacement and preventing civilians from getting basic assets or building economic stability. Concern is responding with programs in livelihoods, health and nutrition, and WASH.
After a year of civil unrest and political change, humanitarian needs in Sudan continue to rise. Some 9.3 million people – 23% of the population — will require humanitarian assistance in 2020. We are pairing emergency relief with longer-term development programs in West Darfur, along with West and South Kordofan.
Poor economic growth due to sanctions and harsh environments have placed Sudan in the lowest quintile in the UN’s Human Development Index. Of the 9.3 million in need of humanitarian assistance, 1.8 million are internally-displaced. Over 46.5% of the population currently live below the poverty line.
Our emergency programming focuses on supporting the most vulnerable with access to health and nutrition services, while providing communities with access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. We also run CMAM (Community Management of Acute Malnutrition) centers.
In Darfur, we are working with the community on building resilience in response to the ongoing effects of climate change.
In December 2019, a sudden outbreak of violence in West Darfur displaced 45,000 people from their homes. Supported by Irish Aid and USAID, we responded with distributions of shelter kits as well as washing facilities.
In 2019, our Building Resilience for Poverty Reduction program reported a 60% increase in the average yield of sorghum for farmers participating in our Farmer Field Schools in West Darfur.
Health & Nutrition
Working closely with the Ministry of Health, we helped to strengthen the national drug supply system in Sudan and supported 12 health centers (with a combined patient roster of over 143,00 people) with an improved supply of medication.
Our Work in Sudan
Concern has been in Sudan for 35 years, and in that time has worked to build financial empowerment, support local health and nutrition systems, and deliver humanitarian assistance in emergencies.