• Crisis Severity ?
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  • Impact ?
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  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
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    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    No constraints
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Key figures

  • 43,000,000 Total population [?]
  • 3,650,000 People displaced [?]
  • 9,300,000 People in Need [?]
  • 1,107,000 Refugees in Sudan [?]

Special Reports




Conflict, political instability, slow and sudden onset disasters, and poor economic conditions contribute to Sudan’s complex crisis, which has left 9.3 million Sudanese in need of humanitarian assistance. The crisis has generated food insecurity, malnutrition, and a lack of access to basic services, particularly health services and medicines. The complex crisis has led to the internal displacement of more than 2 million Sudanese since 2010.  Additionally, Sudan is host to over 1.1 million refugees, including over 821,000 refugees from South Sudan, and acts as a key transit country for migrants from the Horn of Africa heading to Europe.?

The political backdrop of Sudan’s complex crisis has been particularly dynamic since 11 April 2019, when President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in a military coup, after a 30-year rule. Since 21 August, an 11-member Sovereign Council has been the collective head of state, consisting of members selected by both the Transitional Military Council (TMC), and the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) alliance. Although the council aims to steer the country toward democratic elections in 2022, mass protests have continued frequently throughout Sudan.  Alongside political developments, conflicts between armed groups have continued, maintaining protection concerns for the population.?

Sudan has a high exposure to natural hazards. Slow onset disasters, such as desertification and drought, strongly deteriorate agricultural conditions and increase food insecurity across the country.? Sudan is also prone to sudden onset disasters, such as floods. The 2019 rainy season (June-October) led to widespread flooding that destroyed homes and farmland, damaged infrastructure, and impeded humanitarian access. ?

INFORM measures Sudan's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 6.9/10, and level of hazard & exposure at 7.3/10.?

Latest Developments


14/01/2021: Over 58,000 people from Ethiopia have crossed into East Sudan from four crossing points in the Hamdayet area. The situation in Hamdayet reception area and Um Rakuba and Al Tanideba camps, in Gedaref state, is dire. Food, water, shelter, fuel, and experienced medical staff are limited. There are not enough relief items for the increasing number of arrivals. ?

07/01/2021: Over 56,000 refugees from Tigray region (Ethiopia) have arrived in eastern Sudan fleeing conflict. Refugees are being relocated from the arrival locations at the border to the refugee camps further inland. All reception centers and refugee camps are working to improve WASH and COVID-19 isolation facilities. ?

05/01/2021: Over 55,000 refugees have arrived in eastern Sudan since the beginning of conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region. The recent arrivals are coming mainly from areas deeper inside Tigray. They have few belongings and arrive in need of food and water. Some refugees reported spending at least two weeks on the road. Since 18 December, some 200 to 400 people have crossed daily from Tigray into Sudan. ?

17/12/2020: Over 50,000 people have crossed into Kassala, Gedaref, and Blue Nile states since 4 November, fleeing violence in Ethiopia's Tigray region. 300 are unaccompanied and separated minors who are in need of specialist care, protection and to be reunited with their families and caregivers. ?

For more information on the desert locust outbreak in East Africa, please see the relevant paragraph below.

For more information related to the COVID-19 outbreak in Sudan, see content below.

Humanitarian Access


high constraints

Although it remains stable, humanitarian access in Sudan still faces limitations – especially in terms of the access of people in need to humanitarian aid and constraints related to the physical environment and security conditions. The country experienced flooding between July–September, affecting vast areas and damaging or destroying basic infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and electrical lines. Flooding has heavily constrained humanitarian operations, hampering access in the affected areas. A peace agreement, signed in September 2020 between the government and some armed groups, aimed to resolve conflict in the country, namely in Darfur region and in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. Despite the agreement, humanitarian activities are still disrupted because of the recent escalation of violence across the country, particularly in Darfur. COVID-19 measures have also impacted the delivery of aid to people in need, especially in Khartoum state which has been most affected by the pandemic.

Read more in the latest ACAPS Humanitarian Access Overview.

Information Gaps and Needs

  • Lack of regular gender-sensitive needs assessments in all sectors.
  • Lack of information about the security situation in conflict-affected areas.
  • Access to public services often remains unclear in rural and remote areas. 
  • Information about refugees, their whereabouts and the severity of their needs remain limited.

Key Priorities


Food security: Around 9.6 million are facing Crisis or worse (IPC-3 or higher) levels of food insecurity over the June-September period. The key drivers of food insecurity are the COVID-19 lockdown, the country's economic decline, and conflict-induced displacement. Internally displaced people, returnees, households living in conflict areas, and refugees are among the people most affected by food insecurity.?

Health: Outbreaks, especially waterborne diseases, are straining limited health services. Severe medicine shortages are reported countrywide. ? Health and hygiene promotion is needed to prevent the spread of diseases in many parts of the country. Some 5.2 million  people are in need of healthcare, while 1.9 million IDPs lack access to basic health services.?

Protection: Approximately 1.8 million people are in need of protection. Protests increase protection concerns. Civilians across Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile are at high risk due to continuous high insecurity levels.?

Impact of COVID-19


Sudan has registered 11,496 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 725 related deaths as of 29 July. Despite the lockdown in Khartoum state was lifted on 7 July, a 6:00 p.m to 5:00 a.m curfew is still in place. Some states in Darfur region have closed borders and imposed curfews to limit the movement of people and avoid the spread of the virus.?

COVID-19 is putting a strain on the country's weak healthcare system. Before the pandemic, approximately 81% of the population had no access to a functional health centre within two hours walk from their home. Now, clinics and hospitals across Sudan lack critical medicines, as they can no longer afford to stock them. This is due both to the economic crisis and the disruption in the supply chains as a result of COVID-19. For the same reasons, many clinics and hospitals are closing. In Khartoum state alone, nearly half of the health centres have closed. Darfur had already closed a quarter of their facilities in 2018 due to lack of funds and staff. ?

COVID-19 movement restrictions and insecurity have compounded Sudan’s economic crisis, leading to a significant decrease in commodities' movement, market functionality, and cross-border trade. This has disrupted livelihoods, reduced households' purchasing power, and further increased the already high food prices.?

The ACAPS team is monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information related to the outbreak, see the ACAPS COVID-19 Project.

Disease Outbreaks


Since 28 August 2019, cholera has been on the rise in Sudan, predominately in the states of Blue Nile and Sinnar. The number of confirmed cases as of 19 November is 337, including 11 deaths.?On 7 October, 1.6 million doses of Oral Cholera vaccines were flown into Khartoum in an effort to control the outbreak.? Simulteanously, Sudan is also experiencing its first outbreak of Rift Valley Fever since 2008. As of  11 November, there have been 293 suspected cases of the disease, including 11 associated deaths. The concentration of cases are primarily in Red Sea State and River Nile States.?

A dengue fever outbreak since 8 August 2019 has affected 7 states, resulting in 1,197 suspected cases and 5 deaths as of 22 November 2019.?The combination of outbreaks across Sudan puts pressure on an already debilitated health system, leading to the need for external assistance.

Desert Locust Outbreak


The Horn of Africa is suffering from the worst desert locust infestation in decades, threatening food security and livelihoods. Since July 2019, eight countries have been most affected: Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Sudan.?

Despite control measures, the situation in Sudan has deteriorated, as an increase in rainfall along the Red Sea coast created favourable conditions for locust breeding. As of June, new swarms expected to migrate northwards from Kenya to Ethiopia and traverse South Sudan to Sudan after mid-June.?