Recent violence in Darfur has forced two vital Save the Children health centers to close. Thousands of malnourished children are now without access to nutrition and health services.

Already, 1.1 million children are facing hunger in Sudan. The recent spike in violence will only put children’s lives at further risk.

Save the Children's centers must reopen soon. 

Help Save Children in Sudan

Due to ongoing conflict in Sudan, many children live under the threat of violence, as well as the possibility of exploitation and abuse. They also often face food and water shortages, inadequate or non-existent healthcare, little hope for an education and one of the highest infant mortality rates. Many children in Sudan have known only violence and fear.

The Challenges for Children in Sudan

Children in Sudan continue to be the hardest hit by violent conflict. Schools, teachers and students in Sudan have been targeted for attack while violence and poverty have contributed to a disproportionate number of Sudanese girls being out of school. *

  • 47% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 16 dies before their 5th birthday - 9 times the rate in the United States
  • 38% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 25% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 3.9 million people forcibly displaced due to conflict
  • 25% of school-age children are out of school
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How You’re Changing Children’s Lives

Thanks to giving people like you, our work for children in Sudan is making a difference.

In 1984, Save the Children in Sudan began conducting programs to help children in Sudan and their families affected by conflict, displacement, extreme poverty, hunger and a lack of basic services. Many of the children and families we served were among the most vulnerable and hardest to reach. Until the suspension of work in West Darfur, Save the Children was reaching displaced children and women in camps and surrounding conflict-affected communities every month — offering aid to Sudanese children; providing protection for the most vulnerable; conducting education, health and livelihood programs; and assisting in the coordination and management of four camps.

In 2009, Save the Children US and Save the Children UK were among 13 international aid organizations to have their registrations revoked. After reaching an agreement with the government of Sudan, Save the Children US transferred programs and assets to Save the Children Sweden with an objective to maximize support for Save the Children Sweden to scale up its programs to assist vulnerable children and families in Sudan. We have maintained programming for children in both conflict and non-conflict settings and our programs are either delivered directly or through partners.

Since then Save the Children continued programming for children and families affected by conflict, displacement, extreme poverty, hunger and a lack of basic services. Many of the children and families we serve were among the most vulnerable and hardest to reach. Our current programming focuses on providing children with a healthy start in life, protection from harm and the opportunity to learn.

  • Protected 38,342 children from harm
  • Supported 17,401 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 418,867 children with a healthy start in life
  • Gave 185,009 children vital nourishment
  • Supported 8,524 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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