IOM Sudan Mid Year Humanitarian Summary 2017
Sudan continues to face protracted crises, affecting larger amounts of people over the long term and increasingly hindering peace and development. In the Sudan UN Country Team 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview, 4.8 million people were identified as in need of humanitarian aid in the country. This figure includes 3.1 million in Darfur alone. Regional instability affecting bordering countries has led to increasing numbers of people seeking asylum and refuge in Sudan, whilst conflict and food insecurity are also contributing factors. Furthermore, the continued sparks of conflict in South Sudan since December 2013,has contributed to a constant flow of South Sudanese into the country. Approximately 300,000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Sudan from December 2013 to the end of 2016, of whom over 130,000 arrived in 2016.
During the first six months of 2017, against the backdrop of these global processes and the country’s complex context; IOM, equipped with the relevant knowledge and expertise, provided humanitarian assistance to over half a million people in Sudan. During these six months, IOM Sudan also extended its geographical coverage to areas that were previously inaccessible due to security or other factors. The humanitarian assistance included providing improved emergency and transitional shelters, non-food items (ES/NFI), health and nutrition support, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; which catered to the emergency needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees, resettlement of refugees; as well as durable solutions for host communities and other vulnerable affected populations. Furthermore, deployment of Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) teams resulted in the timely identification and registration of vulnerable people which provided vital information on needs and gaps amongst the affected populations. The data collected through the DTM was provided to the wider humanitarian community in Sudan to enhance coordination, planning, and implementation of the humanitarian response. Other partners were also able to immediately respond to the critical needs of crisis affected populations through the Rapid Response Fund (RRF), funded by OFDA and managed by IOM Sudan.
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