Sudanese American Medical Association

Partner since 2020

The Sudanese American Medical Association (SAMA) is an educational and humanitarian non-profit organization made up of medical professionals of Sudanese descent based in the United States. SAMA works actively to promote the health and wellbeing of both the Sudanese diaspora community and of the families living in Sudan by delivering medical services, education, training and capacity building. 

Establishing and scaling Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in Sudan to slow the spread of COVID-19

Sudan is the third largest country in Africa and is home to a rapidly growing population of more than 40 million people. More than half of Sudan’s population are children who are under 18 years of age. In 2020, the pandemic doubled the amount of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Sudan to 10 million, with more than 5 million being children. Further, only 70 percent of the population has access to a health facility within 30 minutes of travel time, resulting in many children dying every day from preventable or easily treatable diseases.

COVID-19 has exacerbated the hardships Sudanese children face and is disproportionally affecting poor and vulnerable families, including refugees and internally displaced persons. Medical sources on the ground have also warned of serious equipment and protective gear shortages. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, high unemployment, soaring inflation and lack of social protection and safety nets had already left many Sudanese residents battling to make ends meet.  

An older girl child shows how to properly wash hands using water and soup to a younger student from kindergarten at Ban Jadid Primary School in the city of El-Fasher, the capital of the state of North Darfur, Sudan. ©UNICEF/UNI233850/Noorani

Together, SAMA and UNICEF USA are raising funds to boost essential outreach to Sudan’s most vulnerable children and communities through lifesaving WASH and disease prevention services, including:

  • helping families access sufficient safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene
  • building adequate sanitation facilities and environments free of open defecation
  • reaching communities with messages about appropriate hygiene and disease prevention practices
  • supplying medical professionals and families with personal protective equipment, sanitation products and other tools to prevent the spread of disease

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