• 105,000 people in Deribat (East Jebel Marra) are in need of humanitarian assistance.
• AWD cases have nearly reached 34,000—including 774 related deaths—across 18 states in the country since August 2016.
• The 2017 HRP is only 38% funded, affecting humanitarian operations and the lives of people in need.
• Over 461,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan since midDecember 2013.
105,000 people in the Deribat area, East Jebel Marra locality, need assistance
Findings of an inter-agency mission carried out from 10 to 15 September to Deribat town, as well as Jabra and Kidineer areas in East Jebel Marra locality, South Darfur State indicate that an estimated 105,000 people living in 46 villages are in need of assistance.
This includes 62,000 people from the host community; 42,000 protracted internally displaced persons (IDPs); and 1,000 returnees. This is the first time aid agencies have been able to access Deribat in several years.
Mission findings and recommendations
The UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF) estimated that 18,013 children under five years (7,140 IDP children; 163 returnee children; and 10,710 children from the host community) in Deribat administrative unit, Kidineer and Jabra are in need of nutrition services, in addition to a further 1,065 children in Kidineer and Jabra return villages.
According to UNICEF, poor health awareness and hygiene practices, lack of health and nutrition services, poverty and the high cost of healthcare are affecting the nutrition of children. UNICEF recommended starting nutrition services to treat severe and moderate acute malnutrition cases; provide Vitamin “A” and micronutrients supplements; and raise the awareness of mothers on infant and young child feeding practices.
There are two existing health centres in the Deribat area. One is operated by the national health insurance company and is staffed with 12 health workers and offers free health services only to those with insurance. The other health centre—which was built by the Darfur Regional Authority—is not functioning.
There are no regular routine immunization services provided in Deribat, except for occasional national immunisation day and routine acceleration activities. The most common health problems are acute respiratory infections, diarrhoea and malaria for children, while obstetric complications are the main reproductive health problems. Access to skilled birth attendants is a challenge.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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