Working to alleviate poverty, hunger, and improving access to healthcare
Population: 42.8 Million
- Political unrest & ongoing conflict
- Economic and social impacts due to COVID-19
- Climate change
- Food insecurity
UMR's Advancement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Sudan
What is the situation in Sudan?
Sudan has faced ongoing political unrest and instability since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in 2019. Political volatility and the onset of COVID-19 has exacerbated existing issues, such as education access, healthcare and food insecurity.
While Sudan has made progress towards several UN SDGs, much work needs to be done to improve the lives of everyday Sudanese.
With a prevalence of malnutrition among children, poor nutrition remains a threat to the health and development of girls and boys. It is estimated that 2.3 million children are affected by stunted growth. Maternal mortality is still high and preventable communicable disease are a major cause for mortality. Improvements still need to be made in water, sanitation and hygiene services. Over 10 million people in Sudan still practice open defecation – a cause for serious public health risks and disease transmission. Furthermore, only a third of households have access to proper sanitation.
Sudan lags behind in education, with the largest number of out-of-school children in MENA – over 3 million primary school aged children. The existing education system is poor, and many teachers are unqualified. Conflict and cultural barriers remain in issue for access, particularly for girls.