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DAN Health Cluster Response April – 15 October 2023


Measles cases continue to be reported from 12 states reaching 4,039 cases and 107 deaths (CFR 2.65 per cent) In addition, suspected cholera cases reported from south Kordofan and Gedaref states reached 562 with 18 deaths (CFR 3.20 per cent) (162 cases from Gedaref).
Darfur, Kordofan, and Khartoum states are still largely deprived of meaningful access by Health Cluster partners specifically South, Central, and West Darfur states. There have been at least 506 suspected dengue cases, including 295 confirmed positive, and no associated mortalities. Most of the cases are at the Gedaref urban center. This number represents the tip of the iceberg, as the actual number is likely much higher because most of the patients rely on home remedies and private health care providers which are not picked up by the surveillance system.

The Health Cluster partners reached around 1.4 million people.
Over 5,000 trauma cases were supported, and 2,800 mental health consultations were performed.
Over 56,000 deliveries were supported, and 7,000 C-sections performed.
Since April, health partners have provided enough medical supplies to cover for two million treatments.
Cholera response
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has established two Cholera Treatment Centers in the affected localities in addition to two mobile teams.
WHO and UNICEF have provided cholera kits but there is a need to improve the supply chain management system in the state.
The isolation center at the Gedaref Teaching Hospital was renovated by UNHCR and provided with beds from WHO. In addition, WHO is planning to provide full support to the center to make it fully functional.
Border crossings with Egypt and in Gedaref are supported by IOM mobile clinics and medical supplies provided by WHO and UNICEF.
Cross-border operation from Chad
In West Darfur, UNICEF and partners delivered health and nutrition supplies to Kulbus and Jabal Moon localities to cover the needs of around 50,000 people, including 18,500 children under 5 years for three months. Supplies were also delivered to Ag Geneina, Kereneik and Habila localities to cover the needs of 130,000 people for up to three months. UNFPA delivered life-saving medicines and reproductive health supplies to Ag Geneina, West Darfur, to cover the reproductive health needs of more than 500,000 displaced women and girls.
Only about 18 per cent of the targeted population has been reached amidst very challenging access constraints in conflict-affected states. The health system is completely reliant on humanitarian aid with continuously emerging gaps resulting from disease outbreaks, financial gaps to support immunization campaigns and lack of medical supplies to support non-communicable diseases such renal failure and need for dialysis.
States that experience ongoing fighting remain inaccessible to health partners.
Attacks on health services and looting of supplies in transit as well as warehouses present a major challenge for continuity of operations.
Partners’ capacity to implement and monitor programs remains extremely stretched due to lack of staff, as well as restrictions on humanitarian movements, further exacerbated by funding shortfalls.
Humanitarian organizations require US$2.6 billion to support 18.1 million people with multi-cluster assistance and protection services until the end of the year, but only $989.3 million (38.6 per cent) has been received as of 6 December.

For more cluster response see the Sudan Humanitarian Response Dashboard (as of 15 October 2023)

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