Emergency Support in Sudan

How we are supporting disabled people affected by the crisis through participatory grants.

Supporting disabled people affected by the crisis in Sudan.

The conflict in Sudan is affecting our ADD Sudan team, the organisations we work with, and the disabled people they represent. Many people are displaced and in need of basics like food, shelter and medication. Disabled people are facing additional challenges and may require health and mobility support, which is now even harder to access.

ADD worked with our network of organisations run by disabled people in Sudan, who got together and formed committees. We ran an appeal to raise money for Sudan, and those committees decided how it should be spent.

Because disabled people themselves were the ones deciding how the money should be spent, they were able to identify needs that had been overlooked, and fund ideas that would really help. Many of the disabled people they represented reported that they really needed cash to cover things like medical expenses, and this had not been available. One woman who received money explained why this was important:

The money support me to have safe delivery as I have to admitted to hospital for the surgery I was very sad because I haven’t money to pay the fees of hospital but when I received the money I paid the fees and delivered my child safety.

A woman with a disability from Gedarif.

When disabled people themselves decide how money is spent, it has more of an impact. Read more about this work here.


In solidarity with disability rights movement.

ADD has been working in Sudan for 33 years, as a trusted partner and ally of Sudan’s disability rights organisations. We work with a large network of groups supporting people with various types of disabilities, especially specific disability led groups and organisations run by women.

Elkhansa wears a blue striped top and a grey headscarf and glasses. She is smiling to the side of the camera.

As a person with a disability, I am affected by the war many times more than others. Even if I am safe, I am in a place that is not prepared for my special needs.

Elkhansa, young leader in Sudan.

These networks are vital in providing support through organisations of persons with disabilities. We are now preparing for the next round of grants to provide further support. The situation continues to be very serious in Sudan, and help is needed.

ADD are continuing to provide urgent assistance to disabled people in Sudan through participatory grants. A donation from you could support this.


Funds raised through this appeal will be used for emergency assistance to the ADD Sudan team, our partner disability organisations in Sudan, and disabled people in Sudan, as well as for the rebuild and recovery from this crisis. Any additional funds we raise above the amount needed for our Sudan emergency response will be used to make grants to other disability rights activists and organisations in Africa and Asia.