| 14 April 2024, Sunday |

WHO calls for $145 million to respond to health emergency in Sudan

The World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed a $145 million fund appeal to cover the growing health requirements of Sudanese victims of violence.

The scale of the health crisis has been described as “unprecedented,” with WHO claiming that the funding will allow it to reach 7.6 million people within Sudan and more than 500,000 people forced to flee to neighboring Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, and South Sudan “with lifesaving interventions and delivery of essential health services over the next six months.”

“We need urgent support from the international community so that the devastating impact on the country’s healthcare system is mitigated and access to health services is sustained,” said Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean.

Nearly two months of intense fighting in Sudan has resulted in loss of life, injuries and significant damage to the country’s infrastructure, including health facilities.

About 60% of health facilities across the country are non-functional, with assets and supplies looted or destroyed.

Also, several critical services have been discontinued, including maternal and child health care as well as treatment for patients suffering from chronic diseases.

“More than 100.000 children are projected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition with medical complications by the end of the year.”

WHO said it’s scaling up its response to include supporting the delivery of integrated essential health services, including trauma and emergency care, while reinforcing surveillance for epidemic-prone diseases.

“Health services are among the most urgent needs of the people fleeing the conflict. We are already delivering essential lifesaving health supplies and services, but the needs are growing. With additional donor support, we can reach those most in need and provide them with adequate assistance,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat