At the start of 2015, the multiple crises in Sudan remain amongst the worst affecting children in the world today. 3.24 million children are targeted for humanitarian assistance programmes under the Strategic Response Plan (SRP).
UNICEF distributed 16,250 blankets in response to one of the coldest periods in Darfur in the past decade which coincided with increased displacements of people following intensified conflicts in Um Baru, North Darfur and Eastern Jabel Marra.
Over one million children were vaccinated in Kassala and Gedaref States in response to a measles outbreak. The virus has been contained and the campaign achieved over 90 per cent coverage.
In Central Darfur, UNICEF trained some 40 community leaders, including tribal and religious leaders, on key behaviour change practices pertaining to the survival, development, protection and well-being of children.
More than 2,500 newly displaced children in North Darfur were provided with psychosocial support following the recent intensification of conflict in Eastern Jabel Marra.
Many Sudanese have reportedly fled across the border to Yida, Unity State in South Sudan following the intensification of fighting in South Kordofan State.
The UNICEF Sudan humanitarian appeal for 2015 is 98% unfunded. The Education sector, along with Cluster Coordination, has yet to receive any funding.
SITUATION IN NUMBERS
5.4 million (3.24 million children)
Number of people targeted by SRP
Source: SRP 2015. UNICEF estimates 60% are children.
2.4 million (1.4 million children)
Number of displaced people in Darfur
Source: OCHA – Humanitarian Bulletin Sudan Issue 05 | 26 January - 01 February 2015. 60% of displaced are children
120,401 (79,465 children)
Number of South Sudanese refugees since outbreak of conflict on 15 December 2013
Source: UNHCR Information Sharing Portal, 29 Jan 2015. 66% of refugees from South Sudan are children, this increases to 70% for those living in the camps
Total funding requirement in 2014
$817,381 – Funded in 2015
$116,521,577 – Unfunded in 2015
2015 Funding Gap