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USAID 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

On August 2, the US Government (USG) announced more than $88 million in additional assistance to respond to humanitarian needs stemming from worsening acute food insecurity in Sudan. Humanitarian organizations, including USG partners, are responding to the urgent humanitarian needs of conflict-affected communities.

Heavy seasonal rainfall and subsequent flooding throughout Sudan since early May had affected more than 146,000 people, resulted in at least 79 deaths, and destroyed or damaged nearly 32,000 houses as of August 23, relief actors report. The flooding also damaged nearly 5,400 acres of agricultural land and resulted in livestock loss in affected areas. Initial humanitarian assessments indicated that flood-affected populations required urgent food, health, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) assistance. On August 20, the Government of Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested international assistance to meet flood-related humanitarian needs

On August 23, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires, a.i, Amber M. Baskette issued a declaration of humanitarian need/disaster declaration due to the effects of the floods in Sudan. In response, USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA) provided $100,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for life-saving health, shelter, and WASH services, as well as humanitarian assessment and coordination support. As of late August, USAID/BHA had contributed more than $457 million in FY 2022 humanitarian assistance to Sudan, supporting partners to respond to the urgent needs of crisis-affected communities.

Background

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 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 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: August 31, 2022

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