Sudan continues to face the effects of ongoing conflict, economic shocks, political unrest, and recurrent environmental hazards, such as drought and flooding, resulting in 15.8 million people requiring humanitarian assistance during 2023, according to the 2023 UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Sudan. On April 15, 2023, conflict broke out between the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces and the Sudanese Armed Forces, causing widespread displacement and exacerbating humanitarian needs throughout the country. In response, USAID/BHA activated a Disaster Assistance Response Team and a Response Management Team to coordinate ongoing USAID response efforts in Sudan.
USAID is responding to the humanitarian crisis in Sudan, providing emergency assistance as access and security allows, while continuing to assess the increasing humanitarian needs to provide support to Sudan's most vulnerable and conflict-affected communities.The United States has declared a disaster or issued a declaration of humanitarian need 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.