Sudan: Protecting Those Living in Mine-Affected Areas
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1.88 million square kilometers
42.81 million (2019 / World Bank)
Arabs, Nubians, Nuba, Fur, Beja, etc. (more than 200 ethnic groups)
Arabic and English (official), other languages
Islam, Christianity, traditional religions
Source:Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Mycetoma is an infectious disease caused by bacteria and fungi that affects muscles and bones, resulting in inflammation of the feet and hands and amputation of the limbs in severe cases. In Sudan, there are many cases where the symptoms worsen due to insufficient knowledge about mycetoma or going through treatment without medical evidence.
A man who suffered from mycetoma and had his leg amputated. He lives with a prosthetic leg that he made himself.
Few organizations and institutions sensitize the public about mycetoma. AAR Japan is conducting awareness raising activities to spread correct knowledge and the importance of early diagnosis, especially in areas where there are many infected people. We also send medical staff from Mycetoma Research Center and university hospitals in Khartoum as volunteers to perform surgeries and treat patients.
AAR staff listening to a woman who lives in a refugee settlement.
Clashes between government forces and armed groups in the Tigray region, northern Ethiopia, in November 2020 have led to mass displacement and an influx of more than 60,000 people into eastern Sudan. In cooperation with local partner organizations, we carry out hygiene awareness-raising activities, together with the establishment of hand-washing facilities and the distribution of hygiene products, which also help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
2006 - 2019
Mine risk education
In areas where landmines and unexploded ordnance remain in abundance, we have conducted mine risk education to provide people with knowledge and methods to protect themselves from landmines.
2016 - 2019
Mine victim assistance
We supported landmine victims by providing them with artificial legs. We also assisted them in starting small businesses such as grocery stores so that they could earn a living despite their disabilities.
2016 - 2019
We built water supply facilities such as boreholes, water tanks, water pipes, and water stations in Kassala Province, where the reconstruction from the 20-year long conflict was severely delayed.