2 May 2013: The conflict that began in September 2011 in Blue Nile State in the Republic of the Sudan displaced more than 100,000 people within and outside the state. Most of these people fled their homes, leaving everything behind. They now face severe food insecurity and are prone to many diseases.
More than two thirds of all health facilities in Kurnuk, Geissan and Bao are not functioning due to a lack of essential medicines or staff. This is causing a rapid spread of diarrhoea, measles, meningitis, hepatitis E and malaria. The spread of diseases, coupled with limited access to health services and food, has caused a humanitarian crisis.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$15,022,779 to five UN agencies.
The World Food Programme (WFP) received $10,530,502 to provide life-saving food assistance to the affected people.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) received $2,892,278 to strengthen nutrition and education efforts, and to provide water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities.
With an allocation of $599,999, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will provide non-food items and emergency shelters.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) received $700,000 to stem food insecurity by enhancing affected households’ livelihoods.
Through an allocation of $300,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) will provide emergency support to health services.