PMC began working in Sudan in 2004. Sudan has a population of about 40 million people and the annual population growth rate is currently 1.64 percent, which left unchanged means the population will double in 42 years.
PMC broadcast one radio serial drama in Sudan, Ashreat Al Amal (“Sails of Hope”) and it was the longest serial drama ever aired on Sudanese radio with airtime donated by the Government’s Ministry of Information and Communication. Ashreat Al Amal achieved significant results addressing health and human rights issues, including respondents being 2.5 times more likely to have discussed HIV/AIDS with their partners after the program than prior to broadcast and increased support (by almost 10 percent) for eliminating Female Genital Mutilation.
During the latter part of the twentieth century, Sudan suffered from two long civil wars resulting in hundreds of thousands of people displaced or in danger of extreme violence. Since 2003, the separate Darfur conflict has displaced nearly 2.5 million people and caused an estimated 200,000 to 400,000 deaths.
After 22 years of war, southern Sudan ranks as one of the worst areas in the world for women and children’s well-being, as well as being the worst for nutrition, primary school completion, immunization, and antenatal care. A UNICEF report described the state of women and children as “shocking.” Girls in southern Sudan are more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than complete primary education. Female Genital Mutilation afflicts 90 percent of Sudanese women and girls. Only one in 50 children completes primary education, which is thought to be the lowest rate in the world, and only one in four adults (one in 10 women) are literate. Population Institute has ranked Sudan the 10th most vulnerable state in their 2015 Demographic Vulnerability Report