No school for thousands in North Darfur | Radio Dabanga

… “The humanitarian organisations operating in the camp told us that the lack of financial support forced them to withdraw on 31 December 2015,” an activist reported to Radio Dabanga from the camp. …

Source: No school for thousands in North Darfur | Radio Dabanga

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Health centre in South Darfur camp to be closed | Radio Dabanga

Representatives of the international aid organisation running the centre informed the camp elders about the closure in a meeting last Sunday afternoon. They explained to the camp sheikhs that the Qatari donor had decided to direct its funds to other health centres …

Source: Health centre in South Darfur camp to be closed | Radio Dabanga

Unicef reports children starving in eastern Sudan | Radio Dabanga

A Unicef Sudan worker measures the upper-arm circumference of a child: a measurement in the red zone means that the child is acutely malnourished (Unicef Sudan)

The UN Children’s Fund stressed the high mortality rate among children in Sudan, in particular children under a year, because of malnutrition and childhood diseases. Unicef plans to open a centre in eastern Sudan, stating that malnutrition there is worse than in the Darfur region. …

He said that the “extensive spread of measles” is a result of the low immunisation coverage, and the increase of malnutrition, weight loss, and stunting diseases. … He added that the budget allotted for Sudan amounts to $130 million, saying it only covers 60 percent of the organisation’s actual needs, and urged partners to continue their support for Unicef programs in Sudan. …

Source: Unicef reports children starving in eastern Sudan | Radio Dabanga

FAO: ‘Delayed planting in Sudan may lead to 50% crop loss’ | Radio Dabanga

Delayed and poor rainfall in a number of Sudanese localities during this year’s rainy season may lead to a significant decrease of yields in the November-January harvest period, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported.

According to a FAO survey, the 25-80 percent reduction in rainfall coupled with a delayed planting period may lead to a 30-50 percent crop loss.

The localities most at risk of poor harvests are concentrated in North Darfur, South Darfur and Central Darfur, as well as Hamashkoreeb locality in eastern Sudan’s Kassala state.

The full impact of a low harvest will be felt most acutely during the traditional lean season between March and June next year. This could increase food insecurity in affected localities, especially among small-scale farmers and pastoralists who make up the bulk of Sudan’s rural poor. …

Source: FAO: ‘Delayed planting in Sudan may lead to 50% crop loss’ | Radio Dabanga

Soaring grain prices in Sudan, famine expected | Radio Dabanga

The prices of sorghum and millet are skyrocketing in western and eastern Sudan. The current agricultural season failed in many parts of the country because of the late and poor rainfall this year … The merchants expect a famine, as they are certain that the prices will increase even more because of the failure of this year’s main agricultural season…

Source: Soaring grain prices in Sudan, famine expected | Radio Dabanga

Sudan OCHA bulletin 40: Acute malnutrition in North Darfur | Radio Dabanga

Hunger prevails among people in North Darfur’s Ailliet locality, according to findings of a recent screening. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan reports in its latest weekly bulletin that the ‘Global Acute Malnutrition’ (GAM) rate for the locality is at 25.3 percent, considerably above the emergency threshold of 15 percent. …

Source: Sudan OCHA bulletin 40: Acute malnutrition in North Darfur | Radio Dabanga

‘Funding woes force NGO from Garsila, North Darfur’ | Radio Dabanga

Last month Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), an NGO working in the field of health, water and livelihoods, reportedly closed its office in Garsila, capital of Wadi Salih locality, Central Darfur.“The organisation closed the office in Garsila on 15 September and transported its five vehicles, five motorcycles, four generators, computers, and other office equipment to its office in the state capital of Zalingei,” a Garsila community elder told Radio Dabanga.The sheikh said that NCA representatives had told them that the Garsila office was closed because of a lack of funds.He added that the organisation has been serving more than 100,000 people …

Source: ‘Funding woes force NGO from Garsila, North Darfur’ | Radio Dabanga

Central Darfur camps: 21 malaria dead in a week | Radio Dabanga

The displaced living in the camps near Garsila, capital of Central Darfur’s Wadi Salih locality, complain of a rapid spread of malaria and soaring medicine prices. “This week 21 people died in Jedda and El Jebel camps,” a sheikh from Jedda camp told Radio Dabanga on Friday. “Most of them were children and the elderly, whose relatives are not able to pay for the high examination costs and medicines.” …

Source: Central Darfur camps: 21 malaria dead in a week | Radio Dabanga

More than 20 die from disease in Central Darfur camps | Radio Dabanga

… He said that the disease has emerged since the end of July and has affected many people in the five camps that host some 182,000 displaced. “Every family has at least one member suffering from the disease.” He added that many people in Zalingei town are also affected.He demanded the Central Darfur government and the state Ministry of Health develop a remedial plan and speed-up provision of the required medical staff.

Source: More than 20 die from disease in Central Darfur camps | Radio Dabanga