The current global El Niño event is considered one of the strongest on record. In Sudan, El Niño has significantly impacted the 2015 rainy season with delayed rains, below-average rainfall and intermittent dry spells. This has caused reduced cultivation areas, delayed planting, poor pastures and limited water availability for both people and their livestock. These impacts are threatening essential agricultural and livestock production across Sudan.
Sudan's federal Ministry of Health has acknowledged that air pollution, environmental degradation, and the spread of kala-azar in several states are the causes of the high mortality rate during a meeting on Wednesday.
“Sudan and Somalia are among the leading nations when it comes to the amount of deaths due to a bad environmental health, air pollution and significant complications in the contamination of drinking water”, the Ministry stated.
by Hamid Ibrahim
KASSALA - The Gash River, the Sudanese city Kassala’s main water source, is under threat unless there is action -- and soon.
I’m pleased to introduce the November 2013 issue of Voices of Darfur, which, like other recent issues of Voices, contains news, features and interviews not only about unique aspects of life in Darfur but also about UNAMID’s ongoing efforts to facilitate lasting peace in the region.
In a new era in its history, Sudan faces an unprecedented opportunity to make and build peace—to create lasting ways to live together and mediate differences. Crafting new pathways for human freedom, relationships between its people and supporting public dialogue where Sudanese can voice their concerns in society and economy come into sight. As the first Sudan Human Development Report shows, peace is much more than just the absence of conflict.
According to Sudan’s High Council of Civil Defense, some 270,000 people throughout Sudan have been affected by flooding since June 2012, with over 36,000 homes damaged and over 14,000 houses destroyed. Kassala in eastern Sudan is the worst affected state, followed by South Darfur, Gedaref and Sennar States.
Dr. Ali El-Haj Mohammed, assistant secretary general of the Popular Congress Party, stated in an interview with Radio Dabanga on Saturday November 3, that all signs and evidence point to a connection between the hemorrhagic fever that is spreading in South and Central Darfur, and the remnants of the continuous aerial bombardments of the past two months in several areas of East Jebel Marra. The fever infected hundreds of people and livestock, leading to cases of poisoning and death.
Working with the Federal Ministry of Health and health partners, WHO has been assessing flood-hit areas, and has started filling gaps in the delivery and distribution of medicines, anti-snake venom vi-als and sanitation supplies to affected communities. Essential medicines and acute watery diarrheal kits were distributed to health facilities in affected areas of Kassala and Darfur region.
Public health concerns
Due to access issues, 56 health facilities out of 104 (53.8%) reported to South Kordofan’s surveillance system. During the week, the leading causes of disease burden were malaria, acute respiratory infections, and dysentery .
In Darfur, the leading diseases were acute respiratory infections, bloody diarrhoea, and clinical malaria.
Public health concerns
Acute respiratory infections, bloody diarrhoea, clinical malaria, were the leading causes of morbidity in Darfur and fifteen (15) suspected cases of acute jaundice syndrome were reported from all Darfur states.
One (1) case of suspected measles was notified this week from Saraf Omra in North Darfur.
USAID Responds to Crisis in Abyei and Southern Kordofan
USAID is responding to humanitarian needs in Sudan, including assisting tens of thousands of Sudanese affected by recent fighting in the Abyei Area and Southern Kordofan State.
The humanitarian community estimates that the Abyei Area clashes displaced nearly 111,000 people. In Southern Kordofan, unconfirmed estimates put the number of displaced at approximately 73,000.
This report covers the period 01/01/2010 to 31/12/201
Programme outcome: In line with Strategy 2020 strategic aims, the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) aims to reduce the risks and vulnerabilities faced by communities; improve the quality of life among the most vulnerable groups; further develop and strengthen internal capacity towards becoming a well-functioning National Society; promote humanitarian principles and values; and enhance cooperation and partnerships with government authorities, NGOs and Red Cross and Red Crescent partners.
IN THIS ISSUE October 2010 | vol 04
03 September in a glance
04 Tawilla’s newly displaced population
06 Seasonal journey of the Baggara
07 IDPs speaking with one voice
08 Henna, the traditional body art
10 Combating climate change
12 Investing in safe child delivery
14 Promoting women’s rights
In this Issue
4| Protecting civilians: UNAMID’s top priority
5| UNAMID Indonesian Police Unit gains people’s trust
6| Nyala’s youth debate future
6| Keeping Darfur heritage alive
8| Making bricks, a community affair
10| The re-awakening of a village
11| High-tech blocks make quick impact
12| Having their say
12| Profiling Darfur’s women leaders
14| The Police Commissioner’s road trip