The biggest concern with COVID-19
World Vision is actively represented in two of Sudan's eight COVID-19 response pillars outlined in the country's preparedness and response plan, which are namely Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE), and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). Martin Mutisya, our WASH Programme Manager based in the capital Khartoum, has been participating in response activities since mid-March. On our latest blog, he shares reflections from the ground, noting that the biggest challenge is not so much a lack of knowledge, but changing attitudes and behaviours.
COVID-19 could devastate millions in Sudan
As of 13 April 2020, Sudan's Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed 29 cases of COVID-19 in the country and four fatalities. A further spread or a large scale outbreak of the virus, would devastate millions and increase their vulnerabilities, as well as overwhelm the Sudan healthcare system. World Vision is prioritising preventative measures, in supporting the Government's efforts to stop and slow the spread of COVID-19, and safeguard the population from its threat.
As a child-focused organisation, our goal is to see children reach their full potential. We don’t just want children to survive, we want them to thrive! We began working in Sudan in 1983, our programmes were initially operational until 1988. In June 2004, we resumed operations, in response to the Darfur Crisis.
Today, our teams of dedicated development and humanitarian professionals work tirelessly to contribute to the improved well-being of boys and girls through multi-sectoral and community-based programmes across four states: South Darfur, Blue Nile, East Darfur and South Kordofan. Our headquarters are in Khartoum.
We remain committed to our vision of life in all its fullness for all children. By 2020, we hope to have positively affected 2.5 million boys and girls in Sudan.
Volunteers, critical in fight against malnutrition
Improved Access to Clean Water
Each time our teams establish a new water system or supports the rehabilitation of a broken one, more children and adults have access to clean and safe water. We are also extending clean water access to schools and health facilities.
In 2017, at least 6,000 people in Um Labassa community, South Darfur, collected water for the first time from an improved water source after World Vision helped the community install a solar-powered water structure.
Lack of reliable livelihood or income hinder vulnerable families. We are working to empower the most vulnerable families through initiatives such as Savings Groups, designed to provide access to financial services.
In 2015, Munira took out a loan of 1,500 Sudanese Pounds (equivalent of US$150) to buy two goats. By 2017, her herd had multiplied to 13. Today, Munira sells her goats to meet the needs of her children, like Mohamed (pictured).
Improving Access to Education
World Vision contributes to increasing access to education for the most vulnerable children through promoting school enrollment, increasing the amount of engagement of parents, guardians, communities and volunteers in children’s education, improving learning environments for children as well, as providing learning and teaching materials. These education opportunities are made available in both formal and informal settings.