In 2020, Sudan saw five major shocks: COVID-19 and its impact, locusts, floods, intercommunal tension and conflict, and the influx of refugees from neighbouring Ethiopia.
The humanitarian situation throughout Sudan has continued to deepen in 2021. In fact, there has been a nearly 45% increase in the number of people who are vulnerable, according to the humanitarian needs analysis conducted in December of 2020.
As such, the most vulnerable people like displaced people are becoming even more vulnerable. Of the 13.4 million people in need, 7.3 million need emergency assistance for life-threatening needs, and nearly half of these are children (Sudan Humanitarian Needs Overview 2021).
As households struggle to access food, children are bearing the brunt. At the Otash Outpatient Therapeutic Programme (OTP) section, nutrition officers are busy screening children with severe cases of malnutrition. Some are admitted for the first time, while others are visiting for follow ups and replenishing Plumpy Nut.