Leading the field in South & East Darfur
In Sudan, the work of our 1,000-strong is all about strengthening communities. That includes investing in healthcare infrastructure and ensuring that people who live in some of the most remote, hard to reach areas still have access to clean, safe drinking water. It also includes making sure that Sudanese children have a healthy start with our nutrition programs, and working with communities to build peace, social cohesion and economic development. Our teams in East Sudan are also providing lifesaving services to some 200,000 refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers.
Driven by the belief that we can unleash abundance in even the scarcest of places, Alight applies a co-creation approach with the government, partners, donors, and the people and communities we serve to co-design solutions to some of today’s most pressing humanitarian and development challenges. Alight is grateful to the Government of Sudan and all our partners, that we can continue to respond to the needs of internally displaced people, host communities, and those who seek refuge here.
Sudan is a place of great hope, promise, and abundance. We are honored to serve Sudan and the millions of people who need lifesaving assistance. For more than 15 years, we have been on the frontlines of response for one of the world’s largest, longest humanitarian crises.
Today, more than 9 million people need humanitarian assistance. Yet, Sudan is also ready for long-term development. As we continue responding to growing humanitarian need, we also support the country’s long-term stability through programs aimed at mitigating conflict, promoting peace, and providing educational and economic opportunities for Sudan and its next generation.”
– Heidi Diedrich, Sudan Country Director
An Integrated Approach
So many of the issues that communities and our teams are grappling with are interwoven. An approach that tackles these challenges at once is the most successful way to stop unnecessary mortality and meaningfully improve living conditions for the community across the board. That’s why our integrated approach to health care, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene is so vital. Our teams coordinate closely for the best results for the communities we serve.
We're now operating a total of 25 primary health care clinics in South and East Darfur. The new clinics have allowed us to access at-risk populations, bringing them a wide range of health services in some of the most remote areas of the world. We are now the major international organization working in East Darfur, leading the field in humanitarian aid.
Malnutrition, particularly among children, is reaching emergency levels in Sudan. The most recent national survey estimates that 500,000 children under 5 years of age suffer from severe acute malnutrition, and up to two million children are underdeveloped. We address this crisis head on at our nutrition stabilization centers for the most critical cases and through feeding programs, educational campaigns, cooking demonstrations, treatment and prevention.
Most of South and East Darfur is a semi-arid landscape, susceptible to drought, with few natural surface water sources. We first assess the water needs of communities and then develop projects alongside them that provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education. We work to rebuild and maintain lost critical infrastructure, and help communities to learn and manage these resources themselves.
Responding for Refugees in East Sudan
Alight is currently providing lifesaving services to some 200,000 people in East Sudan in Kassala and Gedaref states. In Kassala, our team provides health care and water, sanitation and hygiene support to Eritrean refugees in 5 different refugee camps. And in November 2020, Alight’s team was among the first organizations to respond to the influx of Ethiopian refugees in Sudan’s Gedaref state. Alight helped to re-established Um Rakuba and Tunaydbah refugee camps, and is Alight is a lead responders in health, nutrition, WASH and protection services.
Promoting a peaceful coexistence
Sudan continues through its vital period of transition since 2019. A surge in inter communal violence in early 2021 underscores the fragility and complexity of the peace process. Lasting peace will ultimately allow for stability, prosperity, and development in the region. Alight provides peace-building activities in Darfur, encouraging community-level conflict resolution and cooperation amongst neighbors. We're also establishing rural savings committees and providing income generating tools and trainings to provide economic opportunity and mitigate conflict. By encouraging collaboration rather than competition, we hope to be even a small part of promoting peace in the region.
Prioritizing women & children
Sudan has a devastatingly high maternal and infant mortality rate. We’ve been working to turn this trend around, making women and children a priority and ensuring the availability of reproductive health for all we can access. Women receive comprehensive care throughout their pregnancy with pre-natal and post-natal consultations, often with midwives we’ve trained. We give them the supplies they need, including vitamins, soap, and any medications, safeguarding them against harmful infections and malnutrition before and after birth.
Sudan: Recent Info
As Ethiopian Refugees Flee, Alight Teams Mobilize to Do the DoableSince November 2020, our Alight team in Sudan and our team in Ethiopia have been responding to the devastating humanitarian crisis that continues unraveling in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. When war broke out in Tigray, hospitals shut down and there was widespread sexual violence. 2 million people in Ethiopia fled to other parts of the country and more than 60,000 refugees crossed into Sudan. Read More
One hot meal is changing everything for moms in Rwanda and SudanNo matter where you live, giving birth can be both a joyful and stressful time—in the minutes, hours, and days after birth, it’s critical that both mom and baby get the care they need to heal and grow. But in resource-limited refugee camp settings like Rwanda and Sudan, that time just after birth can often be shortened, sending moms home without even a hot meal. Read More
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