Nearly 7.5 million people reached with humanitarian assistance in Sudan in the first six months of 2020
Humanitarian organizations in Sudan provided life-saving assistance to nearly 7.5 million people in 179 of the country’s 189 localities during the first six months of the year. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19-related restrictions, the number of people reached with humanitarian assistance increased from 2.3 million in the first quarter of 2020 (January to March) to 5.4 million assisted between April and June.
The scale up of the response was especially visible on the Food Security and Livelihoods Sector, with partners reaching over 4.6 million people between April and June, up from 1.7 million in the first quarter of the year. The water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) response has also increased, reaching around 1.1 million in the second quarter of the year, over 1 million more than January to March. The WASH activities have, however, been implemented in only 55 out of the 120 targeted localities.
The humanitarian response increased in the eastern and central regions of the country. In eastern Sudan, aid workers assisted nearly 360,000 people (4.8 per cent of the total reached across the country), while over 1.6 million people received assistance in central Sudan (22 per cent of the total response). In the first quarter of 2020, these regions had represented 3 and 2 per cent of the humanitarian response, respectively. In Darfur, over 4.3 million people received assistance and more than 1.6 million were assisted in Blue Nile and Kordofan regions.
The increased assistance was crucial to address the immediate needs of the most vulnerable people in Sudan, at a moment where the humanitarian situation further deteriorated. The devastating combination of recurrent climate shocks, conflict, economic downturn, disease outbreaks, exacerbated by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, has driven rising hunger across the country. More than 9.6 million people, almost a quarter of the entire population of Sudan, are expected to be severely food insecure during the lean season (June to September), according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report.
For more details, check the Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan Monitoring.