Jebel Mara WASH and Health Improvement Project

Project completed

The humanitarian operation in Sudan is one of the largest in the world. According to the 2015 Humanitarian response Plan, 5.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in different parts of the country, particularly in Darfur, South-Kordofan and Blue Nile State. In Darfur, fighting in 2014 has led to the displacement of 430’000 persons. That is more than in any single year since the height of the conflict in 2004. This phase of the project will be implemented in the wider region of Jebel Mara in Central Darfur. The current phase of the project runs for 19 months and will further build the capacity of IDPs, Host Communities and Public Institutions in the fields of WASH and Basic Health Services.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Drinking water and basic sanitation (WASH) (til 2016)
Primary health care
01.06.2015 - 31.01.2017
CHF 700'000

Now entering its twelfth year, the conflict in Darfur has become even more widespread and unpredictable. Compounded by the rise in general criminality in the region, the humanitarian operating environment has become ever more challenging. The wider Jebel Mara region in Central Darfur was particularly affected and has to cope with a high increase of Internally Displaced Persons.


Strengthened resilience through better preparedness and optimized access to WASH and Basic Health Services will reduce the morbidity and mortality of 78’000 conflict affected IDPs, Host Communities and nomads of Jebel Mara region in Central Darfur.

Target groups

78’000 conflict affected persons in the Jebel Mara region (IDP’s, host community, and nomads). Amongst them 55% are females.

Medium-term outcomes

Sustainable access to WASH and Health Services through an integrated community development approach. Trained Water Users Committees will manage the water schemes and the health facilities will be handed over to the State Ministry of Health.


Expected results:  

(Target: 78’000 persons)

  • 34,006 conflict affected people have access to WASH services.
  • 44,033 persons have access to primary health care services.
  • Strengthened DRR preparedness and increased coping capacities

Results from previous phases:  

The access to water for 90’000 persons has improved from 6 litres to 11 litres per person, 70% of the population has now access to medical health facilities, and 50% of deliveries are now being attended by a trained midwife.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign Non-Governmental Organization
  • Other international or foreign NGO North

Other partners

ECHO; Central Darfur SMoH; WES Department

Coordination with other projects and actors

HAC; UNICEF; Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF)

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   700'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   699'986 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF  1'600'000 Budget inclusive project partner CHF  3'000'000
Project phases

Phase 3 01.06.2015 - 31.01.2017   (Completed)

Phase 2 01.09.2013 - 28.02.2015   (Completed)