On 29 July 2018 at the Federal Ministry of Health of Khartoum, the Technical Agreement was signed on the collection of nutrition data according to the S3M (Simple Spatial Survey Method) meditative. The Italian contribution – 100,000 Euros - is part of a wider contribution made available by EU, DFID, UNICEF and WFP.
The survey, which will be completed by December 2018, will be a valuable tool for both the Sudanese government as well as International partners, as it will gather up-to-date data on the nutritional status and other Sudanese health variables that will enable policy makers and international donors to develop better policies and strategies based on Sudan's priorities and needs.
Following the great results obtained during the first S3M survey, the second survey will collect and disseminate disaggregated data on multiple indicators related to key determinants of malnutrition in children, pregnant and lactating women.
The survey will be carried out at national level.
With 2.2 million undernourished children under the age of 5, strong mobilization is urgently needed to contribute to the reduction of malnutrition in Sudan: this survey will provide assured equity in programming and in the allocation of resources.
The meeting was an opportunity to remember the role of Italy as Donor Convener of the SUN movement in Sudan and its role in ensuring the implementation of efficient and sustainable actions in line with the Strategy and the Roadmap (2016- 2020) in order to reach SDG 2 "Zero Hunger by 2030".