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Sudan Relief Work Continues as Humanitarian Crisis Grows

  • July 7, 2011

Conflicts leave tens of thousands of innocents without shelter, supplies and medicines

americares quoteWe are able to supply four mobile teams with drugs funded by AmeriCares to provide emergency assistance to 15,712 people, including 12,848 children under age five and 1,957 pregnant women. We could not have supported this effort otherwise.”— a medical relief worker in North Darfur
The escalating humanitarian crisis in Sudan has left relief groups in danger of running out of critical medicines and supplies for tens of thousands of people. AmeriCares has responded with grants and shipments of medicines to help treat patients with serious infections, malaria, pain and deadly diseases. Join us in saving lives in Sudan and around the world.Ongoing clashes have resulted in a massive influx of refugees – mostly women and children — in camps throughout Sudan, creating an immediate need for chronic care medicines.AmeriCares has developed a strategic plan to place crucial medicines and supplies where they are most needed, to ease the suffering of innocent people living in unthinkable conditions:

  • A $100K AmeriCares grant to a partner in North Darfur,  supplied desperately needed antibiotics and medicines that helped treat 15,712 people, including 12,848 children under age five, and 1,957 pregnant women.
  • In West and South Darfur, AmeriCares procured $65,000 in products for one of our partners to fill critical gaps for clinics needing drugs to treat pneumonia, meningitis and diarrheal diseases prevalent in crowded refugee camps.
  • In South Sudan, which gained independence on July 9, AmeriCares pre-positioned medicines and medical supplies to deliver to our partner, who stored them where they could quickly be deployed in case of outbreaks of violence in the world’s newest country.  The medicines enabled them to continue crucial healthcare initiatives without exhausting supplies.

According to a logistics coordinator for our partner in South Sudan, The AmeriCares medicines arrived before the start of the rainy season, which often brings a rise in diseases. All items were very useful, especially the antibiotics to treat acute respiratory tract infections, one of the seven high impact areas of our project.” While our most recent deliveries made a difference in the lives of many, millions of people still remain at risk of ongoing violence and instability.  AmeriCares remains committed to helping the people of Sudan as long as our support is needed in this troubled region.

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Photo by International Medical Corps (IMC).

Photo courtesy of one of our partners in Sudan, the International Medical Corps.Stories of Hope and Survival Nine-month-old Fatima Ibrahim developed severe pneumonia shortly after arriving at a North Darfur refugee camp. When her mother brought Fatima for treatment, the infant was in life-threatening respiratory distress. Fatima was immediately sent to the primary clinic for three days of IV antibiotic treatment, where her condition improved. Her mother was shown how to give antibiotics orally, and Fatima was discharged and able to make a full recovery, thanks to the drugs purchased with AmeriCares’ grant.Sajada Ebeid Merheel, a 2-year-old child from West Darfur was admitted to IMC’s Stabilization Center, suffering from severe pneumonia and severe acute malnutrition. Little Sajada received injectable and oral antibiotics, IV fluids and antipyretics made available with the support of AmeriCares, and continues to recover.