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UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report, May 2017

Situation Report
Originally published


Situation in Numbers

  • 2,300,000 children, 4,800,000 people: # of people who need Humanitarian Assistance (Source: Sudan Humanitarian Needs Overview 2017)
  • 960,000 children, 1,600,000 people: # of internally displaced people living in camps (Source: Sudan Humanitarian Needs Overview 2017)
  • 271,368 children, 417,489 people: # of South Sudanese refugees since outbreak of conflict on 15 December 2013 (Source: ’Sudan: Refugee from South Sudanese as of 15 May 2017’ reported by UNHCR. Around 65% of South Sudanese refugees are children)


  • UNICEF and partners supported the treatment of 4,394 suspected cases (1,243 of these were children under the age of 18) of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) in White Nile State. 75 deaths related to the AWD outbreak were reported in the state.
  • Critical levels of acute malnutrition with Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate of 15.7 per cent and Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) of 5 per cent were identified in Jabel Marra area, and an immediate inter-sectoral response is required.
  • 61,586 emergency affected children, including 834 South Sudanese refugees, were treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in Sudan from January to April through UNICEF’s support.
  • Nearly 137,000 South Sudanese refugees including around 89,000 children are estimated to have arrived in Sudan since the beginning of 2017, surpassing by far the original projection of 60,000. A threefold increase of 180,000 refugees is now anticipated by the end of 2017.
  • During the reporting period, 7,368 children (3,421 girls and 3,947 boys) in nine emergency affected areas including IDPs, refugees and children living in host community received psychosocial support services (PSS).

Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs

Sudan is currently facing three different onset emergencies requiring immediate response, including the Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) outbreak in Gedarif, White Nile, Khartoum, Senar, River Nile state, North Kordofan and Gezira, severe malnutrition in the Jabel Marra area, and the continued influx of South Sudanese refugees, of which around 65 per cent are children.

During the month of May, suspected AWD cases reached 4,394 including 1,243 children in White Nile State. There were 75 deaths in 9 localities with a case fatality rate of 1.7 per cent. UNICEF has been taking immediate action to support the Government’s response in Health, Nutrition, WASH and Communication for Development (C4D).

In the Jabel Marra area of Central Darfur, a recent survey showed critical levels of acute malnutrition with Global Acute malnutrition (GAM) rate of 15.7 per cent and severe acute malnutrition (SAM) of 5 per cent. UNICEF is taking the lead with Federal and State-level Ministry of Health in mobilizing an inter-sectoral response to approximately 200,000 displaced or newly returned people, including an estimated 120,000 children.

The influx of South Sudanese refugees to Sudan continues to increase. From January to mid-May 2017, more than 136,962 South Sudanese refugees have arrived into Sudan, including approximately 89,000 children. (65 per cent) The new arrivals in May were mainly in the White Nile, South Kordofan, East and South Darfur States.

In East Darfur alone, 41,978 South Sudanese refugees have newly arrived since January. The current cumulative number of refugees in the state is 94,961. Nearly half of the current refugee population has arrived in the state only during the last 5 months.