245,000 USD for Emergency WASH Assistance to over 62,000 new Sudanese returnees from Chad to Central Darfur

Sunday, May 15, 2016

 

With the funding support of USAID/OFDA, and managed by International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Rapid Response Fund (RRF), has allocated a new grant of $245,092.15 USD to Triangle Génération Humanitaire (TGH), to provide emergency Water and Sanitation Health Services assistance to 62,662 vulnerable and underserved new Sudanese returnees from Chad to Um Dukhun locality in Central Darfur. The returnees include 35,386 individuals who arrived to Um Dukhun recently; between January and March 2016. This population was affected by two-rounds of inter-tribal conflict in 2013-2014, which had caused massive population displacement from Um Dukhun town and camp to surrounding villages and localities as far as South Darfur state, as well as those who fled as refugees to Chad. Suffering from high levels of vulnerability, with many single female-headed households, unaccompanied minors and elderly, these populations did not receive any humanitarian assistance during their displacement period.

A series of assessments, conducted between June 2015 and March 2016 by Um-Dukhun-based INGOs, IOM and the Sudan Humanitarian Aid Commission, showed that the level of safe water is significantly low or unavailable in the areas of return. Most people, together with their cattle, rely on a few, traditional, hand-dug wells built in the wadi banks, providing contaminated water. Additionally, the assessment revealed that the sanitation and hygiene situation in Um Dukhun is alarming, with very few latrines, a high level of open defecation and high incidences of fevers, diarrhea, vomiting and eye and skin infections, particularly in young children.

The grant, which was approved in April 2016, will tackle the dire WASH situation in the locality by installing, operating and maintaining 4 emergency water systems connected to protected wells; distributing 655 emergency latrine kits; hygiene kits, mosquito nets and soap to the most vulnerable households, as well as conducting training of Hygiene Promotion volunteers to improve collective hygiene practices through household visits and public events.

Managed by IOM, the Rapid Response Fund (RRF), USAID/OFDA’s unique funding mechanism, is designed to respond very quickly to the critical needs of newly displaced IDPs and returnees in Sudan. Triangle Génération Humanitaire is implementing WASH; FSL and NFI emergency and early recovery programs in Sudan, and more specifically West and Central Darfur States since 2004.

For further information please contact Lisa Lim Ah Ken; Tel: +249-9224-06602; Email: llimahken@iom.int

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