Immediate priorities are to strengthen state-level coordination mechanisms.
The COVID working group was activated with UN agencies designated staff for each pillar of the response. In May, UN partners updated the Corona Virus - COVID-19 Country Preparedness and Response Plan (CPRP) developed to support the Government of Sudan and national preparedness for COVID-19. The plan requires US$87 million and focuses on public health measures. It will be updated monthly or if the situation changes.
The Federal Emergency Operation Centre has been activated with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and is meeting daily.
At state level, WHO will take the lead in states where it is present and in states with limited WHO presence another partner organization will take the lead. National pillar focal points work closely with the state focal points, providing technical guidance. In the states where there is an Area Humanitarian Country Team (A-HCT) or an established humanitarian coordination mechanism, COVID-19 focal points work with these mechanisms. The aim is to work through existing coordination system to the extent possible.
The Refugee Consultation Forum (RCF) led by UNHCR and Sudan's Commissioner for Refugees is coordinating the response for refugees. The RCF revised a COVID-19 prevention and response plan to partners with different scenarios in case of a COVID-19 outbreak in a refugee camp or settlement. Refugee partners were encouraged to contribute to the local development plans in each State, led by Refugee Working Groups.
UNHCR and COR have established preventive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 cases during the registration of refugees. This includes physical distancing, reduction of intake capacity to reduce overcrowding, hygiene measures, such as washing hands, etc.
A COVID-19 IDP Camp Coordination Task Force has been established for the specific purpose of COVID-19 prevention, preparedness and response, for an initial period of three months, starting with immediate effect.
The Task Force is co-led by IOM and UNHCR at the country level, and reports to the COVID-19 Working Group. It will build upon the work already ongoing at the Area HCT level. At the state level, the inter-agency coordination responsibility has been divided as follows: IOM (West Darfur, Central Darfur, South Kordofan), UNHCR (North Darfur, South Darfur, East Darfur, as well as Blue Nile in cooperation with an NGO partner tbc). To ensure a harmonised and predictable approach to COVID-19, the COVID-19 IDP Camp Coordination Taskforce will use Camp Coordination and Camp Management principles to coordinate the COVID-19 prevention, preparedness and response across pillars and sectors in the camps and settlements.
There are no state level focal points identified in Al Gezira, Northern and Sennar states.
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