The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement supporting people in Sudan who are in need of humanitarian aid.

Last updated: 2 July 2024

For over 12 months, Sudan has been gripped by conflict between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). Fighting that first began in Khartoum has now spread across the country, including Darfur and Kordofan, Al Jazira states and the capital Khartoum.

Recent reports suggest that over 13,500 people have been killed in the conflict so far. Nearly 25 million people - over half the population - are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

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A Sudanese Red Cross nurse in Port Sudan with a young child who fled conflict.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are supporting people throughout Sudan.

Sudan in numbers

  • It’s predicted that over 25 million people will experience high levels of acute food security by September. Over 8.5 million of these people with be suffering a food emergency and more than 750,000 people will be experiencing catastrophic food insecurity.
  • 9.9 million people are internally displaced.
  • 2.1 million have crossed a border, predominantly into Chad, South Sudan and Egypt.
  • Around 80% of health facilities are not currently functioning in areas most affected by the conflict.
  • Almost 65% of the population lack access to health care.
  • In January, nine states across the country reported suspected cases of cholera, with outbreaks of measles and dengue fever also reported.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement response

Access for humanitarian aid remains a challenge because of security and administrative hurdles. Humanitarian organisations can work in Sudan but is limited by access constraints. Most order entries along the Chad border have been closed.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is able to operate a little better than most, thanks to community support for the Sudan Red Crescent Society (SCRS).

The SCRS continues to operate in most parts of the country. With help from the British Red Cross funding, the SRCS was able to reach 1,356 people with mosquito nets, 1,993 families with hygiene parcels and 725 families with water storage jerry cans.

The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) have reached 75,196 people with food security and livelihood support, 1,150 on health and nutrition information and 100,000 with community engagement interventions.

The ICRC has also built enough wells to support 30,000 people.

he ICRC will also focus on increasing acceptance to secure access, reconnecting separated families, restoring access to essential services such as water and provision of health care through medical supply and deployment of surgical teams to support the wounded. 

The Sudan conflict is taking place in Sudan but has spill over effect into neighbouring countries. They’ve received a massive number of refugees fleeing Sudan, so we’re working with neighbouring countries too.

Working with the Chad Red Cross, the ICRC has facilitated, over 228,000 phone calls for families separated because of the conflict in Sudan, providing mental health and psychosocial support services.

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