Agency activity in Sudan

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The British Red Cross are working in North, South and Western Darfur.

They are providing water/sanitation material for 500,000 people; shelter, clothes and essential household materials for up to 300,000 people; provision of food for up to 100,000 for up to 6 months; supporting 4 key regional hospitals and 12 primary health care centres and helping to restore family links at national and regional level.


CAFOD are reaching approximately 125,000 people in southern and western Darfur. They are taking on a co-ordination role leading the emergency response of the Caritas International network in the region and national advisory groups made up of local partners. Their main programme sectors are water and sanitation, logistics, protection, health and nutrition, communications and information, and psychosocial counselling. In the longer term they will include education and agricultural rehabilitation.


In camps in north and south Darfur, Care International are distributing food to 105,000 internally displaced people and water to 9000. They are building latrines and drilling boreholes in Kass town and have mobile health and water and sanitation programmes in South Darfur.

In Chad, Care International are responsible for 4 camp management projects that serve 80,000 refugees and are providing community services for 60,000 in 4 camps.


Christian Aid's work in southern and western Darfur is in support of the ACT/Caritas response and is serving approximately 500,000 people. Their programmes include the provision of supplementary food rations for under-fives, educational services for school-aged children, provision of basic non-food items such as shelter materials, mosquito nets, blankets and kitchen utensils, distribution seeds and tools so families can grow their own food around the perimeters of the camps if security allows.


Concern is working in western Darfur where they have carried out distributions of non-food items such as blankets, soap, watercans and sleeping mats to 40,000 internally displaced people in 6 camps in El Geneina. Following assessment missions to camps further north towards Kolbus they will be conducting urgent distributions of non-food items to a further 30,000 people.

Concern will also be starting nutrition programmes targeting 24,000 under five year olds and 6,000 pregnant and lactating women. A main component of this will be CTC (community therapeutic care) - a new approach to managing acute malnutrition in emergencies. Sanitation and public health education programmes that will reach 300,000 people are also planned.


Merlin have completed a health assessment mission in Western Darfur, and potential areas of intervention have been identified. Preparations are underway for rapid implementation.


Oxfam are working in camps in northern and southern Darfur where they are reaching 130,000 in Darfur and 90,000 people in Chad. Their priority is to provide adequate clean water supplies and hygiene facilities, and give people the information they need to maintain clean living conditions and avoid water-borne diseases in a situation where epidemics could easily overwhelm the population.

In Chad, Oxfam are working in three camps, Touloum, Kounoungou, and Farchana, situated in the middle of the desert - water is scarce and hygiene facilities are minimal. They will shortly be starting work in a fourth camp, Amnabak, where the urgent challenge is to locate a water source. Currently water is having to be trucked in. They are currently reaching 60,000 people in Chad.


In western Darfur, Save the Children are currently serving 300,000 people. Their programmes there include food distributions, provision of shelter materials and non- food items, therapeutic feeding, child protection, a measles campaign, six health clinics, and the building of latrines.

They will be scaling up their operations in western Darfur and have plans to reach a further 200,000 people in northern Darfur and 100,000 in south Darfur through integrated health, nutrition, water and protection programmes.


Tearfund is running a public health/hygiene promotion programme for 37,500 people in 4 camps in Darfur to prevent diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera. Emergency sanitation work is underway in co-operation with Medair that will reach 20,000 people. They are also organising feeding programmes in these camps to reach at least 5,000 of the most malnourished children. A supplementary feeding programme for 3,000 people is being carried out in two camps in El Geneina.

In Chad, Tearfund partners EEMET have been constructing latrines, wells and erecting tents in Bredjing camp.


World Vision is undertaking a needs assessment in Nyala, South Darfur and are discussing a potential partnership with WFP (World Food Programme). They have already flown a plane into Darfur loaded with mosquito nets, necessary to prevent malaria and an additional plane loaded with items such as blankets, shelter materials, water containers and cook sets is planned

In Chad, World Vision has already delivered 45 MT emergency aid including thousands of plastic sheets, water containers, kitchen sets and water purification tablets to camps. They are proposing child protection in Bahai camp as when children are separated from their family in crisis situations like this, they can sometimes end up at greater risk of abuse and exploitation. They are also assessing the likelihood of food distributions in the camps.