Sudan: International Assistance

International Development written question – answered on 5th May 2009.

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Photo of Keith Simpson Keith Simpson Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent assessment is of the effects on the humanitarian situation in Sudan of the dissolution or expulsion by the Government of Sudan of non-governmental organisations in March 2009; what gaps in humanitarian assistance consequent on the departure of such organisations from Sudan have been identified by the UN; and what recent estimate he has made of the number of people affected by such gaps.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

The report of the Joint United Nations (UN)-Government of Sudan (GoS) assessment of the impact of the expulsion of 13 international NGOs and dissolution of three national NGOs was released on 24 March 2009. It estimated that 650,000 people risked being left without full access to medical care; 692,000 without non-food items (NFIs) and shelter; over 850,000 without access to water and sanitation; and 1.1 million with disrupted food supplies. The report is available online at:

http://ochaonline.un.org/

On 7 April 2009, the UN presented figures to donors based on worst case scenarios if gaps were not filled. These were up to 30 per cent. higher: 1.5-2 million without any access to medical care; 1 million without access to water and sanitation; 1.1 million with disrupted food assistance during the hungry season; and 1.2 million without adequate shelter and NFIs during the rainy season. The risks of increased morbidity, mortality, malnutrition and large population movements were also reported as significant.

The Department for International Development (DFID) will continue working with the UN and other donors to monitor GoS' commitment to fill the gaps left by the expulsions and closures, and to ensure that the international community has early warning of any significant further deterioration in the humanitarian situation.

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