The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday it received additional support from the European Union (EU) for its life-saving nutrition interventions in Sudan which targets two million children.
"The UNICEF is receiving increased support for its life-saving nutrition interventions in Sudan from the European Commission 600,000 euros, bringing the Commission's overall contribution to 4.1 million euros in 2016," the UNICEF said in a press release.
Acute malnutrition rates in Sudan are amongst the highest in the world and the highest in the Middle East and North Africa, with on average 16 percent of children under five years old affected by global acute malnutrition, it said.
"Around two million children suffer from acute malnutrition annually, including over 550,000 who are affected by severe acute malnutrition and at real risk of dying," it said.
The Sudanese government and the UNICEF Country Office have recently announced several national programs addressing malnutrition and reducing children's mortality rates, through affording employment for families and communities thereby supporting the children's best interests.
The programs will also ensure that children in conflict zones be both vaccinated and supported through basic social services, as well as the enrollment of one million children into schools by 2017.
Furthermore, the programs will support and protect children from abuse, exploitation and violence, particularly children in conflict zones.