Spread across Sudan, support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Governments of Norway and the Netherlands, the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and Italian Development Cooperation has allowed community networks to connect with urban populations, rural settlements, temporary refugee and displaced people camps, and conflict-impacted areas.
Efforts in Darfur have been significantly enhanced by a partnership between UNAMID and UN agencies under the framework of the State Liaison Function (SLF). This has provided US$1.9m of dedicated funds for health and hygiene supplies, medical equipment and health system improvements – and ensuring much needed information is shared with at-risk communities.
Naturally, the work is not without challenges. Ensuring safe behavior, sourcing fuel during shortages, overcoming COVID-19 skepticism, briefing illiterate citizens, and reaching remote groups are just some of the hurdles to overcome.
But, having previously led and supported their communities, protecting health is a natural role for these local advocates.