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UN launches $1.9bn aid plan for Sudan

A Sudanese woman walks carrying a bag of food aid in Sudan on 8 February 2017 [ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images]
A Sudanese woman walks carrying a bag of food aid in Sudan on 8 February 2017 [ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images]

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) yesterday released a $1.9 billion Humanitarian Response Plan to support Sudan in 2022, Anadolu reported.

"Today, we also launched the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2022, which aims to reach 10.9 million vulnerable people at a cost of $1.9 billion. Nearly half of these funds will go towards life-saving activities," said St├ęphane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General, during a press conference.

"Sudan is experiencing increasing humanitarian needs, which are largely driven by the recession that started in 2018, as well as acute food insecurity, conflict, large-scale displacement, natural hazards, and the reduced delivery of social services and capacity to respond to disease outbreaks, including the COVID-19 virus," he added.

According to the UN official, the new Humanitarian Response Plan will provide aid in areas such as health; the prevention and treatment of diseases; and access to education, livelihoods and water and sanitation.

Humanitarian organisations estimate that some 14.3 million men, women and children across Sudan will need aid, including those in the Darfur region, where half of the people are estimated to be extremely vulnerable.

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