Humanitarian Health Action

Sudan news and feature tories


  • September 2017

    Rainy season acute watery diarrhoea response efforts ramp up in South and Central Darfur .

    Today, Khartoum marked the fourth day of a Management and Leadership Training in Laboratories, where a very enthusiastic class of lab directors, managers and quality officers from all over Sudan learned about effective management and leadership from two laboratory quality and systems experts.

  • 20 September 2017

    Acute watery diarrhoea management training concludes for 70 health practitioners

    Today at the National Medical Supply Fund in Khartoum, the second group of 35 male and female health practitioners from all over Sudan finished their intensive “training of trainers” on acute watery diarrhoea management and containment, organized by WHO and supported by Sudan’s Health Ministry.

  • 14 September 2017

    Sudanese “logtag” study will help fight polio across the region

    On 12 and 13 September, 20 Acute Flaccid Paralysis surveillance officers from 10 of Sudan’s state health facilities joined a workshop in Khartoum to learn about so-called ‘logtags’ and reverse cold chain management, in the opening moves of a study that will benefit the fight against polio and other diseases across the region.

  • 13 September 2017

    “Without laboratories, the medical sector is blind.”

    Today, Khartoum marked the fourth day of a Management and Leadership Training in Laboratories, where a very enthusiastic class of lab directors, managers and quality officers from all over Sudan learned about effective management and leadership from two laboratory quality and systems experts.

  • 9 August 2017

    Sudan advances global leadership on humanitarian and development nexus

    Bridging the gap between saving lives in emergencies, and building lives with resilience and development: Sudan is one of the global leaders on this key issue, as demonstrated at a high-level gathering in Khartoum.

  • 23 July 2017

    Access to key medicine for nearly 2 million Sudanese due to USAID contribution

    In early 2017, health systems across Sudan, and especially in Darfur, Blue Nile, and Kordofan, were struggling with an increasing burden, as no less than 3,4 million people were in need of better health services. Despite continued efforts and improvements by the Government of Sudan, WHO, and health partners, the existing health facilities were becoming overburdened. Shortages of life-saving medicine were spreading, as well as shortages of medical supplies, health staff, and the availability of quality health care all-round.


  • 10 July 2016

    WHO and partners, including UNICEF, scale up efforts to minimize spread of acute watery diarrhoea/cholera in the Eastern Mediterranean Region .

    With increasing numbers of people in some countries of the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Region affected by acute watery diarrhoea and cholera, WHO in the Region is working with partners, including UNICEF, to save lives in areas where outbreaks are active, and reduce the risk of these diseases crossing into unaffected areas and neighbouring countries.

  • 13 June 2016

    WHO responds to health needs of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan

    Increasing numbers of South Sudanese men, women and children fleeing conflict and food insecurity are seeking refuge in Sudan, overstretching basic services, including health services. WHO supports national health authorities and works with partners to respond to the needs of these refugees and to ensure they are protected against life-threatening diseases.

  • 14 March 2016

    Sudan: monitoring for polio across sub-Saharan sands

    For years polio has been a thorn in the side of the Ministry of Health of Sudan and WHO who have worked together to stave off the debilitating disease. Although now officially polio free, Sudan is considered one of the most at-risk countries in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region. Protracted conflict and insecurity has weakened the national health system and compromised people’s access to basic health services, including routine immunization. Mass internal displacement, nomadic population movement and inaccessible areas have made it challenging for health workers to reach every child under-5 years of age across the country with repeat doses of oral polio vaccine (OPV). And porous borders and refugee influxes from neighbouring countries have compounded logistical challenges and the country’s vulnerability to cross-border infection.


  • 13 October 2011

    How availability of transport and communication has improved disease surveillance

    13 October 2011 ¦ Northern Bahr el Ghazal state--David Deng, is a State Surveillance Officer for Northern Bahr el Ghazal (NBEG) a position he has held since 2010. As Surveillance Officer his major role is to investigate and confirm rumors of any disease outbreaks before anyone else gets the information. After which he informs other technical people in the state, composed mainly of the epidemiologists and other medical officers. This team then confirms or dispelles the rumors. David says that if the team confirms the alert, the community is quickly informed and response actions start immediately.

  • 10 June 2011

    World Health Organization joins other partners to support Nodding Disease investigations in Southern Sudan

    The World Health Organization in collaboration with GoSS-MoH, CDC Atlanta and UNICEF has supported an investigation of the Nodding Syndrome (NS) in Witto and Maridi counties in Western Equatoria Statem Southern Sudan in order to describe NS and to confirm its risk factors

  • 24 August 2011

    WHO supports victims of tribal violence

    24 August 2011-South Sudan. The World Health Organization in collaboration with UNMIS and UNOCHA has supported the evacuation of over 31 patients to Juba Teaching hospital and Juba Military barracks hopital.The causalities are a result of an intertribal conflict in Jonglei state and an armed encounter between the Sudan People's LiberationArmy (SPLA) and a rebel group in the Upper Nile state in South Sudan which left hundreds dead, hundreds of others seriously wounded and thousands displaced.


  • 24 March 2009

    Statement of the Humanitarian Coordinator concerning the Darfur Joint Assessment

    KHARTOUM -- Efforts to meet the bulk of immediate needs of civilians in Darfur affected by the recent NGO expulsions are currently being undertaken through a concerted stop-gap drive by the Government of Sudan (GoS), UN agencies, and the NGOs, Ameerah Haq, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan, said in Khartoum today.

  • 6 March 2009

    Joint Statement on the Humanitarian Situation in Darfur

    The Government of Sudan’s order suspending 16 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will have devastating implications for the citizens of Darfur. The UN Agencies operating in Sudan [UNICEF, UNHCR, UNJLC, WFP, WHO] and OCHA, are deeply concerned by this situation. If the life-saving assistance these agencies were providing is not restored shortly, it will have immediate, lasting and profound impacts on the well-being of millions of Sudanese citizens. It is not possible, in any reasonable time frame, to replace the capacity and expertise these agencies have provided over an extended period of time.


  • 3 July 2008

    United Nations Radio

    WHO moves to restore health services in Abyei

  • 13 June 2016

    WHO, partners to visit Sudanese town for restoring health services

    GENEVA/AGOK - WHO with other key UN agencies will tomorrow make the first high-level international visit to Abyei since last weekend's peace accord in the central west Sudanese town. The mission is to plan for the reconstruction of health facilities and other vital infrastructure in the town, as well as for the return of thousands of people displaced by more than five weeks of insecurity.


  • 30 November 2006

    The United Nations begins medical assistance to the Victims of Malakal fighting

    The United Nations has begun delivering medical assistance to more than 300 civilians who were wounded by heavy fighting in Malakal, Upper Nile State, following the cessation of violence there this morning.

  • 30 November 2006

    The UN Steps Up Assistance in the Aftermath of the Violent Events in Malakal

    The security situation in Malakal has been largely restored to normalcy, following joint intervention by senior level representatives from the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLM) and the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).

  • 30 March 2006

    Health Deteriorating in Sudan - funds needed to save lives

    HO warns of deteriorating health situation in Sudan - US$ 24 million is urgently needed to continue lifesaving work during 2006.