Written: 2019 | Published: February 18, 2021 | Albert TriHart

Stuck in Crisis: The Humanitarian Response to Sudan’s Health Emergency

Following decades of war, economic decline, and underinvestment, Sudan’s healthcare system entered a new phase of crisis as peaceful protests broke out across the country in December 2018. These protests, which led to the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, were fueled by Sudan’s economic deterioration, especially the rising price of food. But the country’s degraded healthcare system also played a role, driving health workers into the streets as protest leaders. Historically, the government has not invested adequately in healthcare, especially in the peripheral regions of the country. The system is fragmented between governmental, nongovernmental, private sector, and international actors, making coordination and information management difficult.

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