Humanitarian Health Action

Predicting gaps in health service availability (HeRAMS) in Darfur, Sudan

The Health Resources Availability Mapping System (HeRAMS) was piloted in Darfur, Sudan in 2008. The system aims to provide complete and systematic mapping of health resources and services available in crisis-affected areas. The information is continually updated. The HeRAMS approach provided key information on the availability of health services at a critical time for decision-making in Darfur and allowed for timely predictions of the evolving situation and needs.

Health situation in Sudan

South Sudanese seeking medical services at a clinic inside Al Salam camp in White Nile State.
WHO/M. Hamid
South Sudanese seeking medical services at a clinic inside Al Salam camp in White Nile State.

10 March 2014 -- Significant displacement of people from villages in the Um Gunya area of South Darfur state began in late February 2014, following heavy fighting between government and rebel forces. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been working closely with non-government organizations to ensure provision of health services with the continued flow of new arrivals in camps. During influx of people in camps, poor hygiene and sanitation are major concern.

Yellow fever outbreak in West Kordofan

26 November 2013 -- Institute Pasteur in Dakar has reconfirmed the current outbreak as Yellow Fever. Between 3 October and 24 November 2013, a total of 44 suspected cases of Yellow Fever were reported including 14 deaths. A total of 12 localities in West and South Kordofan are affected by the current outbreak. Communicable disease surveillance system has been strengthened in White Nile, Gezira, Kassala, Gedarif and Khartoum.

Sudan news