The social, economic and political context of Sudan is shaped by the over two decades of protracted civil war which ended in 2005. Although in the post–peace agreements phase and the separation of the South Sudan, Sudan still faces challenges related to the post-peace humanitarian, rehabilitation and development realities. The country is susceptible to natural disasters such as drought and floods.
Poor incomes, food insecurity in certain parts of the country, inadequate health services, low literacy, low access to clean water and adequate sanitary conditions are common challenges in Sudan contributing to national humanitarian needs.
In order to respond to some of the above mentioned challenges, and at the same time to increase its capacities, the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) started implementing the Community Health Volunteer Program (NCHVP) in 2007.
Through National Community Health Volunteers Programme (NCHVP) the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) has focused on engaging communities and most vulnerable groups in the search for solutions to persistent health problems, particularly in emergencies. At the fore front of this struggle are the SRCS volunteers working to make a difference in the lives of people. The national society through NCHVP is committed to promoting volunteering as a strategy to make meaningful contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable people and to strengthen the resilience of communities. SRCS does this with the support of Red Cross/Crescent Movement partners through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The programme was initiated in 2007 focusing on Community Based Health and First Aid (CBHFA), Communicable Disease Prevention, Public Health in Emergencies, HIV and AIDS Prevention and Reduction of Stigma, and Water and Sanitation (Watsan).
NCHVP aimed to enable communities identify and solve their health problems in order to reduce mortality, morbidity, impact of disasters through enhanced access to care, and improved health seeking behaviour.
This final evaluation set out to assess: the relevance of NCHVP; the effectiveness of NCHVP implementation process; the impact of NCHVP; the extent to which the SRCS
coordinate/collaborate with other humanitarian actors; and the participation of beneficiaries and sensitivity to diversity as well as document lessons learnt.
The evaluation applied a mixed methods design that included desk review, secondary analysis of household survey data, and qualitative approaches to data collection.