Basic Health Centre in Zam Zam IDP Camp

Project Basic Health Centre in Zam Zam IDP Camp

To improve the healthcare of internally displaced people (IDPs) and to reduce the morbidity and mortality rate among the community

Project Partners WHO, UNFPA, HAC, UNICEF, WES

• Full range of primary health care (PHC) and reproductive health services • Referral cases to El Fasher Hospital

Locations North Darfur
Period January-December 2011

64378 patients were seen throughout the year


MERCY Malaysia has been engaged in North Darfur since 2009, providing medical attention to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Zam Zam camp. A 2004 conflict that occurred in Darfur forced villagers to become refugees in their own country. Since then, the people of Darfur battle death each day due to various causes, including diseases and malnutrition.

As the influx of IDP continues, MERCY Malaysia and partners remain on location to offer health services for this vulnerable group of people to prevent the situation from deteriorating further.


A basic health centre was built to run a full range of primary health care (PHC) and reproductive health services, seven hours a day, six days a week for the whole ZamZam camp population. An average of 230 patients are being treated and consulted in the clinic each day. In addition to that, MERCY Malaysia has a stand-by vehicle as an ambulance service from 9am to 3pm to refer emergency cases to either El Fasher Teaching Hospital or El Fasher New Hospital which includes a Fistula Care Centre. With the continuation of the full range PHC elements, MERCY Malaysia has been able to contain the most communicable diseases below the emergency threshold.