Sudan: WFP Sudan: Country Brief, November 2016
In November 2016, WFP resumed school feeding in Blue Nile State after five years of inactivity due to insecurity and lack of access. Alongside the State Ministry of Education, WFP determined suitable locations and selected schools in IDP host communities. With support from Mubadiroon, a local implementing partner, WFP restored hot meals during the school day for 7,650 students across 21 schools in Damazine, Bau, Rosaries and Wadalmahy localities. WFP last assisted students in Blue Nile State in 2011 reaching over 70,000 students in 195 schools. Encouraging school enrolment, attendance and retention through nutritious school meals remains a priority for WFP in Sudan as it contributes to increasing school progression and improving school achievement. This year, WFP and cooperating partner managed to reach 893,360 students across the country with 11,050 mt for on-site meals and take home rations. In December, WFP plans to launch a deworming campaign across 1,820 schools in 10 states receiving school meals to prevent and treat parasite infestation among students which causes iron deficiencies related to anemia – thereby integrating nutrition and education outcomes.
To date, 263,245 South Sudanese refugees have fled into Sudan according to UNHCR. Thus far, WFP has provided assistance to 243,796 South Sudanese refugees with 48,948 mt of emergency food and nutrition assistance. In November, WFP collaborated with UNHCR as well as other humanitarian actors to conduct a Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) in White Nile state, which currently hosts 82,000 South Sudanese refugees across eight camps. The mission undertook a detailed review of the situation among the South Sudanese refugees, including the provision of food and non-food assistance, to assess the extent to which the basic needs of refugees are being met. Through information derived from the JAM, WFP will be able to make changes, if required, to its assistance in line with the refugee needs across White Nile ensuring that it is providing an appropriate assistance package to newly and previously arrived refugees.
WFP’s SAFE initiative in Darfur adopts a multi-faceted approach to meet the energy needs of displaced people through sustainable energy-related activities. Between 2014 and 2016, 270,000 households benefited from the use of Fuel Efficient Stoves (FES) technologies, which resulted in a 40 percent reduction in per person, per day use of firewood. These mitigation actions help fight climate change as well as food and nutrition insecurity.