BASIC HEALTH CENTRE IN IDP CAMP ZAM ZAM, DARFUR

Project BASIC HEALTH CENTRE IN IDP CAMP ZAM ZAM, DARFUR
Objectives

The MERCY Malaysia North Darfur Health Programme focuses on improving the healthcare of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and to reduce the morbidity and mortality rate among the community.

Project Partners United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Activities

Providing the full range of Primary Health Care (PHC) and reproductive health services, seven hours a day, six days a week for the whole Zam Zam camp population.

Locations Zam Zam Camp, Darfur
Period 2009
Accomplishments

An average of 180 to 200 patients are being treated and consulted in the clinic each day. We have continued with the full range of PHC elements and thus most communicable diseases have remained below the emergency threshold.

Background

The conflict which started in 2004 has led to a state of emergency in the Darfur region of Sudan. This has caused a major humanitarian crisis, including population displacements and the suspension of most livelihood activities. The conflict involves several groups opposed to the Government. This has forced villagers to flee from their original places of residence to camps or other villages for safety and to meet their basic needs. In addition, unfavorable climate conditions have disrupted the process of maintaining livelihood and thus, the population has become more vulnerable both in the camps as well as in the rural areas. National and international aid have come in, offering a variety of services to these vulnerable groups but their increasing numbers and the widening of the conflict have led to a greater need for humanitarian assistance.