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USAID/OFDA supports partners to provide life-saving health; nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene support, along with other critical assistance to conflict-affected households in Sudan.
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Latest Sudan Fact Sheet


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Key Developments

The Government of Sudan has begun reforming and restructuring its Humanitarian Aid Commission in order to ease humanitarian access restrictions and other operational impediments, as well as permitting some non-governmental organizations previously expelled by the former government to return to Sudan. However, relief actors note that challenges remain, particularly concerning freedom of movement.

Despite improvements in humanitarian access and security conditions, an estimated 9.3 million people in Sudan were in need of humanitarian assistance as of early December, representing an increase of approximately 800,000 people from mid-year estimates, according to the UN’s newly released 2020 Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO). The GHO estimates that $1.4 billion in humanitarian funding is required to meet emergency needs in Sudan in 2020.


Sudan continues to cope with the effects of conflict, economic shocks, and recurrent environmental hazards, such as drought and flooding, resulting in 5.5 million in need of humanitarian assistance. This includes 1.7 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur, 235,000 IDPs in the government controlled parts of the Two Areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, and up to 545,000 IDPs residing in locations in the Two Areas that are not under government control. USAID/OFDA is addressing the acute and protracted needs of conflict-affected populations in Sudan by prioritizing integrated activities in health, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene. The United States has declared has declared a disaster in Sudan each year since 1987 due to the ongoing complex emergency. As the largest international donor of humanitarian assistance in Sudan, the United States continues to provide impartial, needs-based assistance to vulnerable and conflict-affected populations.

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    Last updated: December 19, 2019

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