According to Spindler, the comprehensive count of displaced individuals encompasses 700,000 refugees and asylum-seekers who sought refuge in neighboring nations, along with 195,000 South Sudanese who were compelled to repatriate to their homeland.
Within Sudan, there are over three million internally displaced individuals, which includes 187,000 refugees who were present in the country when the crisis began.
Many families, having been on the move for weeks with limited food and medicine, continue to face rising malnutrition rates, disease outbreaks, and related deaths.
A notable concern is the report of over 300 deaths, mainly affecting children under 5 years old, due to measles and malnutrition between May 15 and July 17.
The lack of essential medicines, personnel, and supplies is significantly hindering the provision of health and nutrition services.
Additionally, there is a warning of the likelihood of severe cholera and malaria outbreaks in the coming months due to flooding.
Since the conflict’s initiation in April, the health and nutrition condition of those crossing from Sudan to South Sudan and Chad has rapidly deteriorated.
The situation across borders is equally dire, with the health sector and healthcare professionals facing attacks. Between April 15 and July 31, there were 53 reported attacks on healthcare.
The World Health Organization’s Christian Lindmeier emphasized the urgent need for attacks on healthcare to cease and stressed the importance of ensuring safety for humanitarian workers delivering essential services.
The conflict between the army and the Rapid Support Forces since April has inflicted considerable damage on Sudan, resulting in the deaths of more than 3,000 civilians and leaving thousands injured, as per local medics.