Sudan news and feature tories
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
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
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
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.
15 July 2004
People of Darfur face high levels of disease and death: prevention is possible if efforts are intensified, coordinated and adequately funded, says head of the World Health Organization
KHARTOUM/CAIRO/GENEVA -- Increased funds, people and supplies are critical now in the Darfur region of Sudan to prevent a major health catastrophe. Cholera, dysentery, and malaria threaten the survival of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people. However, risks to people’s health can be reduced through effective health interventions within an intensified relief programme.
7 June 2004
NEW YORK/GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF said today that an ambitious plan to vaccinate millions of children against measles in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region began over the weekend.
2 June 2004
World Health Organization warns of dire health consequences for millions of people in Darfur, Sudan, and calls for intensified health response
The World Health Organization (WHO) today warned of dire health consequences for millions of people in Darfur, Sudan. A significant increase in disease and death is inevitable without a rapid increase in external help. The catastrophe can only be prevented through an urgent scaling up of the current international response.