Help Families in Sudan during COVID-19
Our mission is to provide youth in post-war African nations with access to the essentials, such as food, water, shelter, clothing, and primary education. We will also provide vocational training and youth empowerment workshops. As of right now, our main focus is on the youth in Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda.
Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda all have to suffer through the aftermath of war. Just to name a few: violence and sexual abuse, lack of basic essentials, sudden onset of natural disasters, inaccessibility to proper healthcare and medicine, and an overflow of refugees. The preexisting situations of these nations were only worsened by the global pandemic. Youth in this region were abruptly disconnected from schools and community establishments that once provided them education, meals, and sanctuary.
Now, as pharmaceutical companies, such as Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, are rushing to distribute their vaccines to the masses, African nations have also begun administering it to their citizens. One problem, specifically in South Sudan and Malawi, is that tens of thousands of dosages have passed their expiration dates, and these governments have made plans to dispose of all of them. Although there is no guarantee of the vaccine’s effectiveness past these dates, the World Health Organization informs that they are still safe to use and recommends that these nations still distribute the expired vaccines to the people.
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Currently, Sudan is experiencing their third wave of COVID-19 cases. Schools that had already begun in-person education have regressed to distance learning once more to reduce the spread of the infections. Public spaces and community establishments have also lowered their maximum capacities to accommodate this new rise in cases. As of April 2021, Sudan has over 2000 reported deaths and roughly 32,000 cases in total.
In efforts to limit the spread of the infection, Sudan has developed an app that would keep track of the total number of vaccinations nationwide. They have been receiving dosages since the beginning of March, and now, they are reaching rural/remote areas of the nation.
ANother problem Sudan is currently facing is the shortage of doctors and medical practioners. Many doctors and medical practioners in Sudan are fleeing the nation as they are discouraged by the lack of vaccines. As of April 2021, about 10% of the COVID-19 related deaths are comprised of healthcare professionals. Many say they have lost their motivation to stay, when they are neither protected nor reaping significant benefits by working on the frontlines.
Like in Sudan, COVID-19 is still prevalent in South Sudan. Although it is not yet as dire as the situation in the US once was, no one in South Sudan is safe until all of the affected patients are free and the virus is eradicated. UN members and peacekeepers are stationed in COVID-19 hotspots in South Sudan to ensure and enforce the CDC COVID-19 guidelines, including distancing and limiting public contact. The main goal of these peacekeepers to administer the vaccine to South Sudanese people in order to remove one of the nation’s growing issues.
Along with these efforts, nonprofit organizations such as the UNHCR have been providing resources for sanitation and hygiene to refugees and internally displaced people. So far, there have been over 30 million bars of soap delivered to help with this initiative. Now with the pandemic, several people are taking these measures and hygiene practices more seriously to protect themselves from the virus.
In other news, the UK has released an announcement declaring its budget cut in aid to foreign nations, specifically to Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, Somalia, and others. The budget cuts in aid to South Sudan have not yet been finalized, but if confirmed, the existing humanitarian crisis will worsen. The threat of famine has already been intensified due to COVID-19, and millions of children are malnourished. If not dealt with, the COVID-19 pandemic and famine coupled with the disastrous weather will leave South Sudan in ruin. For more information, visit: https://www.thewhig.com/
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What can we do?
Many African nations feel embarrassed or weak by seeking medical attention or receiving forms of Western medicine. Although healthcare professionals understand the dire situation of COVID-19, there is still a stigma around vaccination among the majority of people. For right now, our goal is to encourage the people of these nations to take the vaccine. Here is a GoFundMe link to help families in Sudan through this pandemic:
Help Families in Sudan during COVID-19