The unprecedented flooding in Sudan exacerbates the challenges already faced to provide basic and life-saving nutrition activities to millions of children and mothers across the country. Prior to the storms, about 2.7 million children were already suffering from acute malnutrition in Sudan. The disruption of services and damages to facilities can aggravate the situation, especially for over 187,000 people in the most affected areas. Children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) are at higher risk of developing medical complications related to water and vector-borne diseases. There is an urgent need for additional nutrition supplies and services to support the facilities, including blanket supplementary feeding and mobile screening teams for hard-to-reach areas.
The Nutrition Cluster had prepositioned emergency supplies at state level before the start of the rainy season, including more than 110,000 units of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to treat acutely malnourished children.
WHO is providing medicines and SAM kits to facilities serving the affected population in the 18 states and Abyei Area and screenings for identify malnutrition cases are being conducted in the affected areas.
The available stock has rapidly declined in some areas, with a severe lack of essential medicines across the country. Although UNICEF and WFP have prepositioned supplies at state level, shortage in RUTF supplies has been reported from different regions. Accessibility remains an issue to mobile clinics in some remote areas in At Tadamon and Geisan localities, Blue Nile State, and some areas in As Suki Locality, Sennar State.