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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 October 2018

Emirates Red Crescent helps two million Sudanese 

The UAE was among the first nations to help after flooding hit Sudan this year

The Emirates Red Crescent has provided support to two million Sudanese. Reuters
The Emirates Red Crescent has provided support to two million Sudanese. Reuters

The Emirates Red Crescent helped two million Sudanese people struggling with drought and illness over the past year, the organisation said on Sunday.

The humanitarian organisation runs a range of relief programmes, seasonal projects and aid campaigns in the African country. It intensified its Sudan efforts during the Year of Zayed which commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the birth of the UAE’s Founding President, Sheikh Zayed.

This summer, the Emirates Red Crescent sent two convoys of life-saving aid to the flood-hit central states of Gezira and Sennar. June's torrential rains and flash flooding affected more than 70,000 people.

A medical convoy took supplies, pesticides and sprays to Kassala state in eastern Sudan where mosquitoes spread fever throughout the region.

The Red Crescent's work in Sudan is co-ordinated through the UAE embassy in Khartoum with the Federal Ministry of Health, the Sudanese Red Crescent and the World Health Organisation.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent, took a personal interest in monitoring the Sudan situation, according to the organisation’s secretary general, Dr Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi.

The Emirates Red Crescent prioritised Sudan and is supporting its people in facing their exceptional conditions, Dr Al Falahi said.

The secretary general of the Sudanese Red Crescent, Othman Jaafar, said the UAE was among the first responders after this year's flooding.

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