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We have been working in Sudan since 1983.

Even before fighting broke out in 2023, Sudan was facing a humanitarian crisis.

Existing conflict, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, hunger and economic degradation had already threatened millions of children’s lives and futures.

Our work in Sudan

We are one of the largest international charities working in Sudan and we have reached millions of people, most of whom are children, through our life-saving emergency interventions.

In 2022, we reached 2.1 million people, including 1.5 million children.

Our team, alongside local partners, work tirelessly to implement a wide range of programmes spanning:

  • health
  • nutrition
  • water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
  • food assistance
  • child rights
  • child protection
  • education. 

Controlling a cholera outbreak

Layla, a young girl we treated for cholera in Sudan, looks up at the camera smiling

Meet Layla. Layla and her mother, Samara*, are from a nomadic tribe in Sennar state, Sudan. Severe flooding in the area in 2019 contaminated water sources and fuelled a cholera outbreak, endangering the lives of hundreds of children. Cholera causes profuse vomiting and diarrhoea and if not treated quickly, can kill in hours.

A vaccination team supported by our Emergency Health Unit travelled to Samara and Layla’s community to provide children and adults with the cholera vaccine. 

In September 2019, Layla contracted cholera. When she could no longer stand up, he mother, Samara, rushed Layla to hospital where she was treated.

Our Emergency Health Unit supported the vaccination teams in Sennar state to vaccinate more than 165,000 people in just five days.

* name changed to protect identity

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Page updated April 2024