On 9 July 2011 Sudan’s identity changed as the south separated from the north. No longer Africa’s largest country, Sudan still faces significant challenges if it is to build a peaceful and secure future for all.
HIV: With people living with HIV facing discrimination, many are reluctant to talk openly about their status or even seek treatment. This hampers effective education which could help prevent the spread of the virus and so prevalence rates have increased.
Conflict: Sudan’s referendum in which southerners voted overwhelmingly to separate from the north was the culmination of a six year peace process which ended two decades of civil war. But with ongoing conflict in Darfur affecting millions, many remain insecure.
We work with partners to both help prevent and respond to conflict whilst also addressing the needs of those living with HIV who continue to face attitudes that prevent them from accessing the care and support they need.
Our partners do this through addressing stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV, promoting caring attitudes towards them and ensuring that people have the knowledge to protect themselves and others from the virus; by supporting partners to promote peace in areas around the country’s border with South Sudan; and by helping those affected by conflict in Darfur to address problems that can result in local conflict including questions around access to water and other scarce resources.
Christian Aid’s Darfur Appeal enabled us to support work including medical care and education in relief camps through Norwegian Church Aid and its Action by Churches Together/Caritas partners. This work has helped more than half a million people affected by the conflict.
We continue to work with Sustainable Action Group who are enabling those who choose to remain in their homes to build a more secure future.
Capitalising on the respect faith leaders command in the country, the Sudan Council of Churches and Gender Centre for Research and Training are working on HIV with Muslim and Christian clerics to reach thousands across Sudan.
What you can do
• Help us continue our work in Sudan by donating.
• Help us eradicate poverty and injustice by taking action.
• Sudan: Faith leaders and HIV: How Muslim and Christian leaders are changing attitudes towards HIV.
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