In September 2019, the Federal Ministry of Health (MoH) in Sudan confirmed the first cases of cholera in Blue Nile state. Fuelled by extensive flooding and poor living conditions, the disease then quickly spread to Sennar, Al Gezira and Khartoum states. Cholera can be deadly if not treated quickly, especially for children.

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Save the Children’s Emergency Health Unit deployed to Sudan and rapidly set up Cholera Treatment Centres – two of located at the most at-risk areas with a high number of cholera cases and supported two hospitals in Khartoum with training, hygiene and water equipment and drugs to treat cholera patients.

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The Emergency Health Unit also provided technical and logistical support to the Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Oral Cholera Vaccination campaign in Sennar state. Save the Children transported the vaccine to remote villages via an extensive cold chain system (as the vaccine must be kept between two and eight degrees Celsius to be effective), assisted with training the vaccination teams, monitored the vaccination teams to ensure the vaccines were given correctly, mobilised the community to get vaccinated and provided cholera household kits with items such as:

  • Water purifiers, water testing kits, jerry cans and cups to the most vulnerable children and their families.
  • The Emergency Health Unit supported the vaccination teams in Sennar state to vaccinate more than 165,000 people in just five day

Save the Children’s partnership with Castle Water helps make this vital work possible. We joined forces in August 2017. In the space of just 18 months, Castle Water raised an incredible £120,000 through generous corporate, employee and customer donations.

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Thanks to the Government of Sudan’s quick declaration of the cholera outbreak and the rapid response from Save the Children’s Emergency Health Unit and WHO, we were able to stop the spread of Cholera and with no new cases since December 2019, the World Health Organization has now declared the outbreak over! With support of our Emergency responses from people like you, Save the Children has potentially prevented thousands of cholera cases and saved countless lives.

Thank you.

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Samara* and her 11 children are from a nomadic tribe in Sennar state, Sudan. Their home doesn’t have a toilet, or any running water and they rely on sourcing water from their neighbours, which they store in plastic barrels and ceramic pots.

They are a 90-minute walk to the nearest health facility, but they often cannot afford to pay for healthcare services and instead resort to using herbal medicine.

Sennar state is one of the regions in Sudan recently impacted by a cholera outbreak. Severe flooding in the area contaminated water sources and fuelled the outbreak endangering the lives of hundreds of children.

Save the Children worked in the hardest hit areas and constructed Cholera Treatment Centres, trained health workers, provided vulnerable communities with cholera prevention kits and supported the second round of the mass cholera vaccination campaign.

A vaccination team supported by the Emergency Health Unit travelled to Samara and Layla’s community to provide children and adults with the cholera vaccine. Layla and her family will now be protected from the disease for the next three years.

*Name changed to protect identity

The Power of Partnership

Since partnering with Castle Water in August 2017, Save the Children’s Emergency Fund has:

  • Helped fund 138 emergency responses
  • Reached 2.2 million children and their families with lifesaving aid

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