Health for Development


With an extensive geographical area and a population of over 42 million, ensuring universal access to health services across Sudan is a significant task, as is responding to the health and socioeconomic impact of COVID-19.

To help Sudan address the development challenges and emergencies it currently faces, UNDP works with the Government and in collaboration with WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, other UN entities, and international partners – particularly The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) – to support large-scale health enhancement, predominantly through civil works or the provision of essential supplies.

Furthermore, UNDP activities related to community stabilization, poverty alleviation and peacebuilding also incorporate improvements to health systems, and support emergency responses to outbreaks and disasters.

A significant proportion of our health portfolio relates to the UNDP-Global Fund partnership in Sudan, dating back to 2005. UNDP Sudan has served as the principal recipient of Global Fund grants, supporting the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) with project, procurement, supply chain and financial management, and monitoring and evaluation.

UNDP and FMoH have subsequently expanded their partnership to other health programmes, including procurement of essential medicines on behalf of the Government, providing solar-power for health centres, and health systems strengthening.

UNDP has a history of supporting health ministries with Global Fund grants in complex environments, navigating importation restrictions, using its procurement experience, and strengthening FMoH capacity. While procuring and delivering essential medicines, UNDP will ultimately transfer full responsibility of Global Fund grants to national agencies.

COVID-19 Response

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with Sudan’s economic challenges, illustrated the vital importance of the above activities, with existing health systems and economies coming under increasing pressure.

In response to COVID-19, UNDP rapidly mobilized support (repurposing funding from partners like the Global Fund, DCPSF and others) to urgently conduct community training and awareness raising, produce and distribute PPE, WASH and hygiene materials and communication technology; support the rehabilitation or expansion of medical and isolation facilities, and evaluate the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19.

Our solutions

  • Supporting key Ministries in providing essential services to those in need (health care and access to medicines) by facilitating international partner involvement – primarily the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
  • Incorporating health system improvements into community stabilization, poverty alleviation and peacebuilding activities, including the rehabilitation and construction of health-care infrastructure in conflict risk areas.

Achievements in 2020 include:

  • With USD15M+ mobilized from the Global Fund, UNAMID, DCPSF and other partners to support  millions of essential items supplied in response to COVID-19 (including PPE, diagnostic tests, and isolation/ICU equipment), benefiting 1.04m people, with significantly more reached via awareness raising campaigns.
  • 150+ UNDP-supported networks mobilized to respond to COVID-19 with awareness raising, soapmaking and hygiene promotion, including Community Management Committees, peace committees, youth, farming, resource, and water management groups.
  • 342 facilities providing Tuberculosis services provided with equipment and medication, and 11,006 people enrolled and retained on antiretroviral treatment for HIV, via the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
  • Ensured uninterrupted supply of HIV and Tuberculosis medication, providing test kits, laboratory equipment and other supplies to all facilities providing HIV services.
  • Rehabilitation of a health centre at the Um Rakuba Refugee Camp in eastern Sudan, in response to the refugee crisis, together with the deployment of three Global Fund-supported mobile clinics.
  • Improvements made to health facilities in Kassala, including the Saudi Maternity Hospital, the diagnostic centre, central blood bank, water stations and the construction of a new pediatrics unit.

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With equipment and medication in 2020 to support those living with Tuberculosis, and ensure an improved quality of life.

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