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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

On October 12, the U.S. government (USG) revoked specific economic sanctions related to Sudan and the Government of Sudan (GoS), following sustained positive actions by the GoS, including improving humanitarian access to government-controlled areas. The UN subsequently commended the USG revocation, while emphasizing the need for continued engagement with the GoS on further improving humanitarian access.

In mid-November, GoS authorities secured the release of an international humanitarian worker abducted in North Darfur State’s El Fasher town, international media report. Armed actors abducted the individual, a Swiss national, in early October near the person’s residence in the town.

Relief organizations, including USAID partners, continue to provide emergency health, food, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance to conflict-affected people, particularly to vulnerable populations in newly accessible areas in Darfur Region.

The U.S. government provided more than $256 million in humanitarian assistance for the emergency response in Sudan during FY 2017, including approximately $54 million from USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, more than $161 million from USAID's Office of Food for Peace, and more than $41 million from U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.


Sudan continues to cope with the effects of conflict, economic shocks, and recurrent environmental hazards, such as drought and flooding, resulting in 4.8 million in need of humanitarian assistance. This includes 2.1 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur, 230,000 IDPs in the government controlled parts of the Two Areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, and 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 01, 2017

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