AmeriCares and Relief International signed a partnership agreement in May, 2012 making Relief International our newest ongoing partner in Sub-Saharan Africa. The partnership will support Relief International’s work in health outposts and camps Darfur, including the care of more than 640,000 people facing an ongoing humanitarian crisis that shows no signs of abating. See images of our work in Sudan.
Snapshot of Sudan:
Sudan has been at war with itself for almost three-quarters of its existence. Gaining independence in 1958, deep cultural and religious divisions have generated ongoing violence - between the north and south leading to the independence of South Sudan in 2011, and in the western region of Darfur bringing widespread death and destruction. Sudan’s civil conflicts transformed Africa’s largest country (37 million people) into a nation of internally displaced persons (IDPs), and, in Darfur, the site of the world’s largest international humanitarian operation. Conflict between Sudan and South Sudan over control of the region’s oil intensifies the challenges for this desperately poor country. Critical health issues:
- Communicable diseases are leading causes of mortality and morbidity – especially infections, parasitic diseases, diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections
- Unacceptably high levels of maternal, infant and child mortality – some of the highest rates in the world
- Nutrition a concern nationally, but especially in southern states
- Chronic diseases also emerging, led by hypertension and diabetes
AmeriCares first began providing relief to Sudan in 1987 in response to the North-South civil war. We have delivered hundreds of tons of aid to help refugees in the region.
While we continue to support the reconstruction of health services in the south, the majority of our efforts have focused on the delivery of immediate medical aid to support health services for survivors of mass killings and conflict in Darfur that began in 2004.
In 2012 AmeriCares formalized a partnership with Relief International to provide ongoing support to 12 clinics and health outposts serving internally displaced people in the Darfur region.
AmeriCares initiated relief efforts for Darfur in 2004, when the conflict escalated to mass killings of civilians and systematic burning of villages.
Insecurity and the shortage of resources and basic services have left many people in Darfur reliant upon humanitarian assistance — with those in displaced persons camps most dependant.
To ensure that health practitioners have the tools they need to diagnose and treat patients under austere conditions in camp health posts and clinics, AmeriCares has delivered airlifts of medicine and supplies directly into Darfur. AmeriCares resources stocked the shelves of clinics in 19 camps, operated by international agencies and AmeriCares partners the International Rescue Committee and Save the Children and which served an estimated population of 400,000 people.
With continued donor support to the Help the People of Darfur fund, AmeriCares has made a long-term commitment to help the people of Sudan and Darfur. We will continue to deliver medical and other humanitarian aid as long as our help is needed.
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Sudan and the Darfur region to provide charitable medical care. Through this program, donated medicines and medical supplies reach impoverished and isolated communities where even basic medical care is inaccessible to the poor or often non-existent. AmeriCares donations cure infections, relieve pain, help patients manage chronic diseases and make life-changing surgeries possible.
Recent News from Sudan (Darfur)
Our commitment to the people of Sudan will continue as long as needed -- with ongoing deliveries of lifesaving antibiotics, medicines, and supplies to help displaced families in desperate situations caused by ongoing violence.
A special delivery of aid to Darfur includes medicines and supplies to help children live healthier lives. Read More.
AmeriCares is preparing to send an additional $1.4 million worth of lifesaving medicines and medical supplies to help Darfuri refugees in Chad.