URGENT COVID-19 NEWS FROM DARFUR SOAP APPEAL

Updates:

  • “Sudan has recorded more than 4,000 cases and 195 deaths but the official said the statistics only reflect the current testing levels which at about 400 results a day are well below the stated official capacity.” Please read this Guardian Article (May 29th) about the absolutely dire situation in North Darfur. Patricia Parker saw for herself in February the lack of the most basic equipment in the Hospital in Mellit Town. There is no point in people going to hospital, and in the villages there are no doctors or nurses. The elderly dying are young, just over 50.
  • We have received news we have been fearing from our Programme Manager.  El Fasher and Mellit are witnessing high mortality rates of people over the age of 50 with an average death rate of 12 people a day in both towns. Over 100 people have died so far. The Darfur Lawyers Network has called the government of North Darfur State a health disaster that requires urgent intervention from the WHO. “Despite the lockdown being announced, it is not well implemented, and there are improper health measures. We have lost friends and neighbours,” said Salim. The death rate is expected to increase in the coming days.  There is no health care in any village – even paracetamol is unavailable. Read more here.
  • Doctors and Nurses across Sudan are lacking PPE, and many are contracting Coronavirus as they work in dangerous hospital environments. Many people do not understand what is happening and are blaming medics for spreading the disease. Please read this important news piece here. 


Prevention and social distancing are the only known ways
to stop COVID-19 from spreading.

 

There is no health care in villages in Darfur, Sudan, but I believe we can help.  Please will you enable us to provide five bars of soap to each family?  We need it right now, if there is to be a chance of making a difference. We have already delivered soap for the first 19 Kids for Kids’ villages – there are another 81 – and then all the other villages in Darfur.

We must help to stop the spread as quickly as possible.  We are told social distancing and washing properly with soap and water works.  Soap breaks down the structure of the virus.  We must provide soap, now.  The Government of Sudan is targeting towns and markets, but their message will not reach remote villages.  We can. I also intend to give each family an illustrated sheet showing them how to wash their hands properly.  With so little water this is imperative.  We will of course continue to do all we can to provide more handpumps.  Water has always been our first concern.

£20 will provide 5 bars of soap, illustrated instruction leaflets, and transportation to the village – for 10 families.  Just £380 per village; an average of 225 families in each. There are 100 Kids for Kids villages, but over 900 in Darfur.  Every family needs our help and every single bar of soap will make a difference.  I would appreciate any help you can give by supporting our Covid-19 Appeal for Soap.

Please watch this video.  Really clear advice from Dr. Clifford Mann OBE, the NHS lead for emergencies, being interviewed by Dr Omar Bagadi, about the implications for Sudan, and the rest of us.  Please look after yourself and your family.  We are not going to be clear of the danger for many months.  The virus has reached Darfur now and people are dying in El Fasher and Mellit towns.  In rural villages of Darfur where water is scarce, where people are struggling to eat, the danger is very real.  We must provide soap – urgently.  And all our other help – if you would like to learn more about our water projects, please click here.

“People ask me how families can isolate in Darfur.  I’m afraid the simple answer is, they cannot.  They eat together, sharing a dish and eating with their right hands.  That is why washing is imperative – and washing properly, not sparingly as is normal because of the absence of clean running water close at hand in any village.  We are doing our best to drill more handpumps but there is a lack of fuel across the whole of Sudan which means the drilling rig cannot move at the moment.  They cannot store food for more than a short time because of the heat and the lack of electricity (fridges etc) so shopping in markets – if they have the money – means again, it is impossible to isolate.”  – Patricia Parker MBE, Founder. 

As you know I have already been asking help to provide goat’s milk for children and eggs for the elderly, to help them build up resistance, as anyone who is malnourished will have even less of a chance against the virus.  But it is equally important to stop the virus now, before it is too late.  Soap will save lives.

Listen here to learn more about our Appeal for Soap as on BBC Radio Sussex, 18th April 2020:

 

Please donate if you can, at this link here.  Thank you so much. To donate from outside the UK, please donate to our Project Appeal via GlobalGiving. To learn more about Kids for Kids, please watch this recent interview with Patricia Parker MBE.

And if you prefer to support by sending a cheque, please mark it ‘Soap Appeal’ and send to the following address:

Patricia Parker
Kids for Kids
P.O. Box 456,
Dorking, Surrey
RH4 2WS

For Questions and Press Enquiries: contact@kidsforkids.org.uk / 07957 206440

More news about COVID=19 in Sudan:

Read here about the rising COVID-19 cases in El Fasher. The US Government’s Famine Warning System states that a food crisis will soon hit Darfur. Read details here.  “Sudan is in a precarious position as the transitional government deals with soaring inflation, high unemployment and a food shortage, but battling infectious Covid-19 could push it over its tipping point, according to Michele Bachelet, UN high commissioner for human rights.” Full article here.