Health centre rehabilitated, mobile clinics deployed for Tigray refugees and host communities
As the influx of refugees continues along the Ethiopia-Sudan border, with more than 61,000 having arrived to date, the limited healthcare services in the area for refugees and existing facilities for local communities in eastern Sudan are under pressure.
Responding to the crisis, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and partners have undertaken civil works – such as expanding health infrastructure by rehabilitating the Um Rakuba health centre – as well as deploying three mobile clinics to the wider area.
From a two-room clinic in disrepair—which was supporting up to 140 patients every week—the Um Rakuba health centre has expanded to six areas, assisting up to 1,000 patients per week. While regular services continued, locally employed labourers undertook extensive construction and repair, adding an examination room, an emergency room, a delivery room, a pharmacy, and an HIV testing room.
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 being added to ensure refrigeration for medicines.
The international NGO Mercy Corps is providing medical personnel for day-to-day operations. The World Health Organization and the Global Fund have provided critically needed medicines, and the International Organization for Migration is supporting the construction of latrines.
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