Basic Health Centre in the Zam Zam IDP Camp

Project Basic Health Centre in the Zam Zam IDP Camp

To improve the healthcare of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and to reduce the morbidity and mortality rates among the community

Project Partners • WHO • UNFPA • HAC • UNICEF • WES •PETRONAS

• Primary healthcare services • Reproductive health services (including pre and post-natal consultations) • Tubercolosis awareness programme and treatment corner • Health education and common diseases and prevention • Referral cases to El-Fasher Hospital

Locations North Darfur
Period January to December 2012

83, 404 patients were consulted throughout the year


The internal armed conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan started in 2003, led to a state of emergency in the Darfur region. It was tagged by the United Nations as the “world’s greatest humanitarian crisis”. As a result of the conflict, a major humanitarian crisis emerged, with population displacements and the suspension of most livelihood activities. The conflict forced hundreds of thousands of people – mostly farmers and villagers, to flee from their original places of residence to camps or other villages for both safety and to meet their basic needs. Due to the conflict, an estimated 1.9 million people are living in displacement camps in Darfur. In 2004, an estimated 2.7 million people were affected by the war. This resulted in hordes of communities being driven out of their homes and displaced within the Greater Darfur Region or other villagers for safety. About 200,000 refugees also fled across the border into neighbouring Chad. In 2009, the government expelled 13 international agencies from Sudan and three local agencies from Darfur. Although violence has fallen from the levels seen in 2003 and 2004, fighting escalated again in 2010 and 2011, forcing tens of thousands more people to flee their homes.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

Since 2008, a Basic Health Centre was established in the Zam Zam Camp to serve the IDP population in the area, to improve health care and to reduce the morbidity and mortality rate among the affected community. The project was made possible by a grant from the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the generous funder, PETRONAS Berhad. The basic health centre is currently operated by local staffs comprising of 1 doctor, 5 Medical Assistants, 13 health support staff and 16 non-medical support staff. The clinic provides free consultations and free medication to IDPs in the catchment area. MERCY Malaysia was involved in supporting the 24-hour emergency services, with night referrals to El Fashier Hospital, through coordinated efforts among active partners (UNFPA, RI and Plan Sudan).