We want all children in Sudan to enjoy good health. We are working towards this by:
- Increasing the number of children who are protected from disease
- Increasing the number of children who are well nourished
- Ensuring children and their caregivers have access to essential health services
What is the problem?
Despite improvements in Sudan in the recent past, children are among the most vulnerable and are constantly at risk of disease outbreaks, such as Cholera, diarrhea, malaria and respiratory infections, such as Pneumonia. These risk factors are made more acute when you account for poor health and nutrition during pregnancy and their first years of life. These factors are exacerbated by low investment in the nascent health infrastructure; a lack of health and hygiene knowledge; inadequate access to sanitation facilities and human displacement.
How is World Vision addressing the issues?
We are working to meet the needs of children by focusing on where life starts, providing counseling and support to pregnant women. We do this primarily by providing outpatient services and responding to disease outbreaks. We are also trying to address the roots of the problem by supporting vaccination efforts and contributing the infrastructure updates and increased health personnel training.
Is what World Vision doing working?
All monitoring and survey data reveal that the status of Internally Displaced People in camps to be much better than that of host communities. Because the situation in Sudan has been so volatile, the priority has been to sustain status quo and prevent epidemics such as cholera from further deteriorating the health status of already vulnerable populations.
What’s the impact?*
- 86,714 children were vaccinated
- 5,876 births were attended by skilled medical staff
- 6,900 children are protected from malaria because they are sleeping under insecticide-treated bednets
- 50,491 children treated for malnutrition
- 115 community health workers trained
- 80% of children who received support recovered from malnutrition
*Numbers from FY 2017