$23.5 million to support COVID-19 response in Sudan
The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) have together allocated a total of US$23.5 million to support aid agencies in Sudan to respond to the increasing needs caused by COVID-19 in the country. CERF and SHF, both managed by OCHA on behalf of the humanitarian system, are stepping up efforts to support Sudan to deal with the health and humanitarian consequences of the pandemic.
Some $12.5 million of this total comes from CERF, and will be used to provide life-saving health and water and sanitation services to hundreds of thousands of Sudanese and prevent the spread of the virus. Another $11 million was allocated by the SHF to support NGOs and UN agencies across the country to scale up the response and support those heavily affected by the socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic. In Sudan, over 9 million people were already in dire need of assistance before COVID-19.
In addition, Sudan has an extremely weak health system, following decades of limited to no investment, underfunding, and lack of qualified staff, infrastructure, equipment medicines and supplies. Approximately 81 per cent of the population do not have access to a functional health centre within two hours of their home and the situation is getting worse, as many clinics are closing during the pandemic. In Khartoum State alone, nearly half of the health centres closed during the pandemic, and Darfur had already closed a quarter of their facilities in 2018 due to lack of funds and staff.
The surveillance system doesn’t cover the entire country and is structurally weak, with long delays between alert and confirmation of an outbreak. To date COVID-19 has been reported in all states with over 10,500 people confirmed with the virus across the country. A COVID-19 Country Preparedness and Response Plan (CPRP) was developed by the Humanitarian Country Team and UN Country Team to compliment the Federal Ministry of Health COVID‐19 response plan. The CRPP seeks $47 million to implement programmes over a three‐month period.
SHF allocates $56 million to save lives in Sudan
The $11 million contribution from the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) to the COVID-19 response is part of a $56 million allocation to provide life‐saving activities across the country. These allocations will allow 20 partners, 4 of them local NGOs, to reach millions of people in areas with the most severe humanitarian needs. Improving access to basic services, supporting the restoration of livelihoods and promoting durable solutions in areas of displacement to lessen reliance on humanitarian assistance are the main priorities of the projects funded this year.
In addition to the SHF standard allocation, CERF allocated in 2020 another $100 million to support Government efforts in addressing the effects of the economic situation on people in the eastern regions and support durable solutions in the western regions.
For information on the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) go the Sudan Humanitarian Response Website
For information on the CERF and CBPF allocations go to the interactive dashboard