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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

Heavy rainfall during Sudan’s June-to-September rainy season triggered flooding in 15 of Sudan's 18 states, affecting more than 222,000 people and destroying more than 19,600 houses. This is an 80 percent increase in the number of people affected by floods during last year's rainy season.

Health actors continue to monitor an outbreak of chikungunya—a mosquito-borne viral disease that can lead to high fever and nausea—that began in Kassala and Red Sea States following widespread seasonal flooding. Kassala remains the most affected state, accounting for almost all of the 20,100 cases recorded between May 31–November 18. In response, the Government of Sudan is coordinating with relief organizations to provide health assistance and implement preparedness and prevention measures to limit the spread of the virus.

USAID partner the UN World Food Program reached more than 1 million people across Sudan with emergency food assistance from November 1–27.


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 17, 2018

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