- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 12 | 16 – 22 March 2015
- OCHA Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund | CHF - Basic facts and figures
- Special report of the Secretary-General on the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (S/2015/163)
Appeals & Funding
In 2015 humanitarian organizations will target assistance to an estimated 5.4 million of the most vulnerable people in Sudan. Some 3.1 million of these people are internally displaced; most in Darfur, while a further 0.7 million people are refugees displaced from their country of origin or South Sudanese who are unable to move to South Sudan. In addition the humanitarian community aims to provide assistance to some 1.6 million of the most food-insecure non-displaced people, as well as 1.2 million of the most severely malnourished children aged under five.
HAC in South Kordofan says that about 14,500 people have fled their homes and sought shelter in Al Abassiya, Abu Jubaiha and Tajmala towns over the past five days.
Some 900 people flee their homes in Bau locality, Blue Nile State due to conflict, aid agencies report.
Up to 5,000 new refugees from South Sudan have arrived in Sudan, with their total number reaching almost 127,000 people.
Trusted by donors | Donor contributions to the Sudan CHF (US$57.6 million) were up by 5 per cent ($2.8 million) compared to 2013, accounting for some 10.8 per cent of Sudan Strategic Response Plan funding.
Allocations year-round | More than $55 million was allocated through two Standard Allocation rounds (April, December) and on a rolling basis through the CHF Reserve.
The Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) is a cost-effective way to support humanitarian action in Sudan. The country–based pooled fund helps significantly improve response to the most critical humanitarian needs as identified in the Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) by providing early and predictable funding to non–governmental organizations and UN funds, agencies and programmes. The CHF receives voluntary donor contributions and supports humanitarian response year–round.
HOW CHF WORKS
• An attack on a village in the Abyei area displaces about 1,700 people, according to an inter-agency mission.
• The Ministry of Health confirms 710 measles cases, including six deaths, across 12 states in Sudan.
• HAC has postponed the planned Blue Nile interagency needs assessment mission until after the general and presidential elections.
• The number of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan has reached 121,852 people, according to UNHCR.
In 2015 humanitarian organizations will target assistance at an estimated 5.4 million of the most vulnerable people in Sudan. Some 3.1 million of these people are internally displaced; most in Darfur, while a further 0.7 million people are refugees displaced from their country of origin or South Sudanese who are unable to move to South Sudan. In addition the humanitarian community aims to provide assistance to some 1.6 million of the most food-insecure non-displaced people, as well as 1.2 million of the most severely malnourished children aged under five.
In Darfur, conflict and insecurity continue in the absence of a comprehensive political settlement between the Government and the main armed movements. Meanwhile, an intensification of fighting between Government forces, with allied paramilitary groups, and armed movements as well as inter-tribal fighting, has heightened insecurity in the region.
In Bentiu Protection of Civilians site,12, 018 children were screened for malnutrition, identifying a proxy global acute malnutrition rate of 12.5 per cent - an improvement since the previous screening in December (proxy GAM 18.8 per cent).
An initial rapid needs assessment is under way in Nimni, Unity State.
For the first time in nearly 18 months a humanitarian convoy has arrived in Maban, Upper Nile State, from Juba.
4.1 million People to be assisted by the end of 2015
• Aid organisations have registered 32,490 newly displaced people in North and Central Darfur states of whom IOM has verified 20,589 in North Darfur.
• About 7,400 IDPs in North Darfur’s Um Baru area receive food aid.
• An estimated 7,000 returnees, displaced people and refugees in South Darfur’s Um Dafug area start receiving humanitarian assistance.
• In areas south of Bahr El Arab in the Abyei area, 20 per cent of households were found to be food insecure, according to the Abyei Food Security and Nutrition Assessment.
Khartoum, 02 March 2015. The Government of Denmark has contributed DKK15 million (US $2.3 million) to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) for 2015. Denmark has been a committed supporter of the CHF, having contributed DKK126 million ($ 22.7 million) since 2008. This valuable contribution comes at a critical time when funding for humanitarian action is scarce and humanitarian needs are growing.
Partners condemned the abduction of 89 children who were taking their exams in Wau Shilluk, Upper Nile State.
Partners were responding to cholera in Eastern Equatoria. Since 19 February, there have been no new cholera cases reported.
Over 600 people were registered as newly arrived in Yida, Unity State coming from South Kordofan in Sudan - 11 per cent fewer than in the previous week. Of the new arrivals, 65 per cent were women and children.
By 22 February, aid agencies identified over 41,000 new IDPs in Darfur. This includes 37,000 new IDPs in North Darfur and another 4,000 people in Central Darfur.
Aid agencies continue to provide new IDPs in North Darfur with assistance; however, sanitation challenges remain in several locations.
An inter-agency mission was conducted in South Kordofan’s, which hosts an estimated 88,800 IDPs and close to 9,000 South Sudanese refugees.
DRMFSS/ENCU called on nutrition partners to start new or expand existing emergency nutrition interventions based on the newly released nutrition hotspot woreda list.
23,646 people in drought-affected Legahida and Salahad woredas of Nogob zone (Somali region) await water trucking support.
The Somali region WaSH Cluster is completing a rapid assessment to verify the reported acute water shortages in Deka Siftu woreda of Liben zone.
● The national “Back to Learning” campaign was launched this week. 50 per cent of the children to be reached -some 200,000 children - are in the three conflict affected states of Jonglei, Unity, and Upper Nile.
● Needs assessments are being conducted in the counties surrounding the Bentiu PoC to determine needs and organize response.
● Bentiu PoC has seen a new influx of people during January 2015, with a trend of 525 individuals per day in January compared to 325 people arriving per day in December
• Aid organisations have assessed and verified the needs of 41,304 people displaced due to conflict in North Darfur and parts of the Jebel Marra area.
• Over 10,000 South Sudanese have been registered across 12 sites in Khartoum State, according to UNHCR.
• IOM registers over 16,300 displaced people and returnees in South Darfur's Um Dafug town.
• Finland contributes US$3.46 million towards WFP Cash and Voucher Programmes in Sudan that will assist 330,360 IDPs and refugees
● UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos and UNESCO Special Envoy Forest Whitaker traveled to Nairobi for the OCHA-IGAD HighLevel Event on the Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan and its impact on the Region. At the conference, $529 million in new funding was pledged to support the humanitarian response to the South Sudan crisis.
● Bentiu site cleared: In Unity state, Mine Action teams worked on the Bentiu PoC extension site, declaring the area clear this week.
Security around Bentiu was unpredictable.
Food insecurity aggravated by chronic drought and negative coping strategies.
Chronic drought and floods aggravated by limited capacity.
Recent and former population displacement due to conflicts in neighboring CAR, Libya, Nigeria, and Sudan (security volatility around Chad).
Lack of functional health facilities and qualified medical staff (only 450 doctors for 13.2 million people), poor sanitation and limited access to clean water and basic services.