Leading the field in South & East Darfur
In Sudan, our work 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.
The people of Sudan need their voices to be heard – to say what they need and to take part in the actions that are meant to change their lives for the better.
– Heidi Diedrich, Sudan Country Director
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 malnutrition, and up to two million children are underdeveloped. We address this crisis head on through feeding programs, educational campaigns, cooking demonstrations, treatment and prevention, and emergency care to the most critical of cases.
Access to clean, safe water
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.
Doing more than ever before
We're now operating a total of 17 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’re still doing what we do best – running clinics, nutrition programs, and water, sanitation and hygiene services – but in more places than ever before. We are now the major international organization working in East Darfur, leading the field in humanitarian aid.
Promoting a peaceful coexistence
Lasting peace will ultimately allow for stability, prosperity, and development in the region. Conflicts in Sudan have a long and turbulent history, however, making peace a formidable task. In recognition of this challenge, We provide peace-building activities in five villages in South Darfur, encouraging community-level conflict resolution and cooperation amongst neighbors. 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
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