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Over 1,200 Children Died in Sudan’s Refugee Camps

United Nations agencies, including UNHCR and WHO, have reported that more than 1,200 children under the age of five have died from suspected measles and malnutrition in nine refugee camps in Sudan’s White Nile State between May 15 and September 14, 2023. Over 3,100 suspected cases of measles were also recorded during this period. The conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces, which began in April 2023, has displaced over 2.9 million people within Sudan and to neighboring countries. The UN has called for urgent funding to address the crisis.

What are the key factors contributing to the health crisis in Sudan’s refugee camps?

The health crisis is driven by suspected measles outbreaks, malnutrition, cholera, dengue, and malaria in the refugee camps. Conflict, displacement, and a lack of access to healthcare facilities and vaccinations have exacerbated the situation.

How has the conflict in Sudan impacted the healthcare sector and access to medical services in the country?

The conflict has severely strained the healthcare sector in Sudan, leading to a shortage of medical personnel, essential medicines, and equipment. Attacks on healthcare facilities and personnel have disrupted the delivery of health services, further compromising access to treatment.

 What challenges has Sudan’s public health system faced?

 Sudan’s public health system has suffered from years of underfunding, with nearly 70% of health institutions lacking basic life-saving treatments. This has hampered the system’s ability to respond effectively to health emergencies and crises.

 What is the status of funding for the UN’s 2023 Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan?

The response plan remains only 30% funded. Additional funding is critical to provide urgent assistance, including healthcare services, inside Sudan and across its borders, and to prevent further deaths, especially among newborns.

 GSTN Enables Geo coding Across All Indian States and Union Territories

 gates and union territories. Geo coding improves audits and enforcement activities by enabling accurate location data. Implementing geo coding will help tax enforcement authorities allocate their resources more wisely to address tax evasion. 2.05 crore registered business addresses have currently been geo coded by GSTN.

 What is geocoding?

 Geo coding is a process that assigns geographical coordinates to addresses or locations. In the context of India’s GST system, it helps tax authorities accurately locate businesses and taxpayers, making it easier to detect tax evaders and eliminate fake registrations.

 How does geocoding help streamline GSTN records?

 Geocoding ensures that the address details in GSTN records are accurate and aligned with the actual location of registered entities. This reduces the scope for fake GST addresses and registrations, enhancing the integrity of the tax system.

 What tools and techniques can be used by tax enforcement agencies with geocoding data to identify tax irregularities?

 Tax enforcement agencies can use heat maps and spatial analysis tools to reveal clusters of tax irregularities. This allows them to allocate their resources more effectively and target areas with a higher likelihood of tax evasion.

 How has the implementation of geocoding by GSTN improved the accuracy of taxpayer location data?

 GSTN has geode 2.05 crore addresses of registered businesses, ensuring that the location data in GSTN records is precise and up-to-date. This improvement in accuracy aids tax authorities in their enforcement efforts.

 What are the potential benefits of geocoding for fair and efficient tax collection processes in India?

Geocoding can enhance auditing and enforcement efforts, contributing to fairer and more efficient tax collection processes. It helps tax authorities identify tax cheats and maintain the integrity of the GST system.

Over 1,200 Children Died in Sudan’s Refugee Camps