Walaa Awad, Child Protection Officer, West and Central Darfur
“I’ve always had two dreams in life. The first was to join UNICEF and the second is to travel to the Netherlands,’’ says Walaa Awad, Child Protection Officer, West and Central Darfur.
“Ever since I was a little girl, I remember my father teaching my four sisters and I that as children-we too had rights and he encouraged us to recognize them. …
UNICEF and the State Ministry of Health held a celebration ceremony to acknowledge the success of 10 communities who were able to build latrines in all households and declare to be Open Defecation Free. This was achieved under the Urban WASH Project, in collaboration with UNICEF’s Road Map.
Poor sanitation and contaminated water are the primary sources of diarrheal diseases, accounting for 11% of children under 5 deaths in Sudan. Diarrheal disease makes up of almost 50 % of malnutrition cases — mainly due to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene practices.
The Road Map aims to reach 3.3 million people annually with basic sanitation and stop the practice of open defecation, making Sudan Open Defecation Free by 2022.
These 10 communities will hold the fort for the rest of Central Darfur, giving children an opportunity for a healthy long life.
After many years of conflict in Darfur, Dar Alsalam Abdullah and her family are finally able to return to their home village and start rebuilding their- starting with a latrine as a top priority to avoid health risks and provide stability for her children
Under the scorching sun or in the complete darkness and silence of the night, Dar Al Salam would have to walk 1KM just to use the bathroom. This was especially difficult for her during the years where she would be pregnant with her six children.
“It would take me around twenty minutes to walk to and…
On the 28th of February, supported and sponsored by UNICEF, a research and academia network of 17 members from different institutions was formulated to Scale Up Nutrition (SUN) in Sudan.
The main objective of this network is to support and serve the nutrition agenda by advancing, research, access to knowledge through databases, updating curriculum, and advancing proficiency development to address nutrition comprehensively. The network will also support community development through student activities, and building sustainable partnerships with the private sector to serve and advocate for the nutrition agenda.
The workshop was conducted at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, chaired by professor Zain Karar, senior advisor to Khartoum University’s faculty of Medicine and Head of National Child Health Task Force.
Nyala town in South Darfur, is widely known for its busy and lively market or souq, which was one of the central markets for goods in Sudan.
Saturday morning the streets in the souq are busily shuffling, mothers wearing colorful tobs are carrying their children in one hand while carrying bags full of spices, and dried fruits in the other.
Tuk tuks are non-stop picking up and dropping off customers at the center of the souq. Everyone is doing their last-minute shopping for the holy month of Ramadan.
Darfur is known best for its Baobab and Hibiscus, I rushed quickly…
Mobile cinemas and women’s clubs are creatively saving lives!
The women of Port Sudan in the Red Sea state, are playing a critical role in the decline of Chikungunya cases. After attending the mobile cinema sessions and taking part in the women’s clubs, many are increasingly advising others in their neighborhoods on how to recognize symptoms and the actions to avoid.
Fatma Bashir Abdullah, Manager at Alsalam Association is one such example. She said the women’s clubs are essential in effectively delivering messages and facilitating debates.
UNICEF teams are currently on the ground in Port Sudan in the Red Sea State, to support communities in combating and preventing the spread of the Chikungunya fever.
Chikungunya fever is spread to humans through an infected mosquito called Aedes aegypti. The most common symptoms are high fever and joint pain.
We are working with the health promotion sector of the State Ministry of Health, to raise awareness and strengthen community mobilization efforts. Activities include a mobile cinema, women’s clubs and adolescent trainings.
30 Adolescents from different schools in Port Sudan were trained on how to prevent Chikungunya and spread…
“We believe it’s our responsibility to contribute to behavior change”
When Zeinab Bashir Abdallah, a resident of Port Sudan in the Red Sea State, contracted the Chikungunya fever, she knew exactly what she needed to do to survive.
UNICEF teams are currently on the ground in Port Sudan in the Red Sea State, to support communities in combating and preventing the spread of Chikungunya. We are working with the health promotion sector of the State Ministry of Health which is leading the prevention efforts, to raise awareness and strengthen community mobilization efforts. …
Meet Tasuku Matsumura Emergency Response Coordinator in Golo, Central Jebel Merra
What drives you to go to the office every morning in Zalengi?
A car comes every morning in front my room, so I need to go out. (10% true but just a joke 😊)
I don’t have any special reasons. I randomly think what to do, what was stuck, what could be done better every morning. I like meeting and chatting with the staff and counterparts for joy and learning new things from them. The delicious Futur (Sudanese Breakfast) in the office is another important traction.
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Meet Nadeen Al Hebshi- Health & Nutrition Specialist and Head of Zallengi Sub Office
I am a public health profession and started my career with UNICEF in 2016 as Health and Nutrition Specialist, Lebanon Country Office, where I worked for 1 year and half. Then Moved to South Sudan to do a short-term consultancy for an INGO, then I joined UNICEF again in Central Darfur in August 2018 as Health and Nutrition Specialist, and as Head of Zalinegui Sub Office. …
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