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Health center rehabilitated, mobile clinics deployed to support the refugee crisis in eastern Sudan

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As the crisis in eastern Sudan continues, UNDP explores longer term solutions to support refugees in need and vulnerable local host communities; To meet urgent health needs, UNDP rehabilitated the Um Rakuba health center, located inside the refugee camp, increasing capacity to 1,000 patients per week; Three mobile clinics, with a combined daily capacity of 180 patients, arrived in the East to support refugee camps, entry points and local communities, including HIV and TB services; Civil engineering works to rehabilitate five other health facilities are underway.

As the influx of refugees continues along the Ethiopian-Sudanese border, more than 61,000 arrivals to date, limited health services are under pressure – both for refugees and for existing facilities for local communities.

In response to the crisis, UNDP and its partners undertook civil works – expanding health infrastructure by rehabilitating the Um Rakuba health center – as well as deploying three mobile clinics in the wider area.

From a dilapidated two-room clinic, caring for up to 140 patients per week, the Um Rakuba center has expanded to six areas, helping up to 1,000 patients per week. As regular services continued, locally employed workers undertook major construction and repair work, adding an examination room, emergency room, delivery room, pharmacy, and patient screening room. HIV.

A range of equipment and supplies have been provided, including new patient beds, a medical waste incinerator and medical storage equipment – while solar panels are added to provide refrigeration for medicines.

The international NGO Mercy Corps provides medical personnel for daily operations. WHO and the Global Fund have provided essential drugs and IOM is supporting the construction of latrines.

The rehabilitation of the clinic comes at a critical time with the camp nearing full capacity – 20,500 refugees are currently based at the site.

To fill gaps in basic service needs elsewhere, three mobile clinics, funded by the Global Fund, have deployed in eastern Sudan to provide health services to up to 180 patients per day.

Two clinics are located in the refugee camps of Um Rakuba and Tunaydbah, offering voluntary health checks and treatment related to HIV and tuberculosis. The other remains deployable to other locations as needed, such as entry points and neighboring communities, and serves as a backup.

“The crisis has created urgent health needs among the refugees and the communities hosting them, with existing infrastructure struggling with an influx of people,” says Trond Husby, UNDP Crisis Coordinator in Sudan.

“As the situation continues, longer-term, sustainable solutions are increasingly needed, providing help to those in need now and important community assets for the future.”

To date, UNDP has allocated or received approximately US $ 4 million to support crisis response, mainly focused on stabilizing communities and improving access to basic services, energy and food. health for refugees and local communities.

Currently, five additional health facilities are planned for rehabilitation or construction – in Taweet, Doka, Homra, Mahala and Rashid – with rapid assessments underway for the development of other community facilities in affected areas.

In response to the current crisis in eastern Sudan, UNDP has mobilized emergency response teams and resources to address urgent needs, longer-term basic service gaps, durable solutions for refugees and broader stabilization and early recovery initiatives. Efforts have focused primarily on the refugee camps of Um Rakuba and Tunaydbah, in addition to seven surrounding host communities, and the fluctuating number of refugees transiting through Hamdayet. UNDP’s early response to a crisis enables people to use the benefits of humanitarian action to seize development opportunities, build resilience and support sustainable recovery.

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