This project reduces child mortality due to diarrhoea through building community resilience for diarrhoea by reducing risk. East Sudan’s largely rural populations are prey to contrasting disasters in floods and droughts, and also disease. Along with natural disasters and disease, the region is chronically impoverished, faces large influxes of refugees, and has inadequate access, healthcare, education, and proper water and sanitation. Here, particularly in the state of Kassala, diarrhoea is one of the leading causes of child mortality in this highly susceptible environment where child nutrition is below the national average. The project takes place in the rural state of Kassala in the localities of Hamashkoreib, North Delta, Telkok, and Rural Aroma, where many are pastoralists and agro-pastoralists.
Focusing on village-level communities, the project increases diarrhoea resilience through improving water and sanitation coverage, and supporting improved hygienic and health-seeking behaviour, and effective primary health care.
The project’s main target group is children under five years-old. However, individuals above five years-old will also benefit from services, supplies, and communications, totalling over 100,000 individuals.