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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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Key Developments

The 2020 Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan, released by the UN on January 12, requests $1.4 billion to assist approximately 6.1 million of the most vulnerable people across the country, an increase of nearly 39 percent compared to the 4.4 million people targeted for assistance in 2019. Overall, the UN projects that an estimated 9.3 million people across Sudan will require humanitarian assistance during 2020.

The widespread desert locust outbreak in East Africa, which follows above average rainfall in late 2019 that created favorable breeding conditions for the pests, could cause food insecurity in the coming months if left unchecked, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Flooding, pests, and macroeconomic conditions in Sudan could contribute to further increases in staple food prices and a deterioration of food security conditions in the coming months, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network.

Learn more about our response in Sudan and several other East Africa countries. 


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: May 19, 2020

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