- Since Janaury 2008, the IRC has ensured effective primary health care services were available to more than 260,000 beneficiaries in Southern Sudan through 14 permanent health facilities and two mobile clinics in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State and 9 health facilities in Unity State. Health facilities offer basic healthcare and reproductive health services including care before, during, and after delivery.
- The IRC has also treated 65,170 children for three main killer diseases: malaria, diarrhea, and acute respiratory infections. Health education sessions were provided at all 23 facilities, offering information on hygiene and sanitation, prevention of common illnesses, HIV prevention, and topics for pregnant women including immunizations, nutrition, hygiene, malaria prevention, and recognition of danger signs during pregnancy.
- In Darfur, the IRC provided healthcare to an average of 1,000 patients each day. In Blue Nile, Kassala, and South Kordofan states, the IRC supported healthcare at 56 primary health clinics, providing a consistent supply of medicines and training for health professionals.
- During 2008, the IRC organized a three-week catch-up education class for 400 vulnerable and out of school children in Southern Sudan, offered in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social Development. The IRC also improved quality of education for nearly 4,000 more children through school renovation and provision of school supplies. In Darfur, the IRC provided pre-school education to 5,000 children in 25 schools and offered vocational and accelerated learning opportunities to 1,500 students.
- During 2008, the IRC implemented water and sanitation activities in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, Southern Sudan that provided more than 89,000 people with safe water and reached 35,000 with hygiene promotion and sanitation messages. In Darfur, the IRC ensured a supply of safe drinking water for nearly 250,000 people and promoted safe hygiene behaviors, contributing to a full year with no major disease outbreaks in the camps where the IRC works.
- Allocated over $10 million to specific projects throughout the Sudan.
- Offered life-saving health services in twelve Ministry of Health and Primary Health Care
centers for Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps throughout North and South Darfur, and through out Sudan.
- Provided primary health care and/or reproductive health services to 575,000 patients.
- Improved access to safe water for returnees in the South Blue Nile state in Sudan, by working with the Water and Environmental Sanitation (WES) project to drill 20 boreholes and fit them with hand pumps to provide returning communities with water. Currently benefiting almost 11,000 persons, as the return process continues, IRC estimates that these boreholes and pumps will eventually benefit more than 68,000.
- Increased access to health services, by ensuring appropriate clinical responses to survivors,
including survivor-friendly services.
The International Rescue Committee's (IRC) environmental health programs, including hygiene promotion messages, continue to provide effective service to a large number of residents of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Darfur. In addition, IRC has continued with rural programs in North Darfur, provision of water and VIP latrines to schools in Kutum, and solid waste services for host communities in Kass and Zalingei. IRC also constructed 371 latrines, rehabilitated 1,059 latrines, and replaced 357 latrines. 221 clean-up campaigns collected 6218 cubic meters of solid waste in the camps.
Additionally, IRC is now conducting water use surveys to obtain a better understanding of water-use in the camps and the differentiation between the use of water for livelihoods and households. IRC also carried out EPI (Expanded Program of Immunizations) activities during the quarter. During the implementation period, 22,401 new consultations were undertaken by 25 clinical staff. There were also 252 trained outreach health workers supporting the health program within the community.
1-In the last period, The International Rescue Committee promoted efforts to prevent violence against women in Darfur through its '16 Days of Gender Activism' campaign.
Starting on November 25, International Day against Violence against Women, and running through December 10, International Human Rights Day, the campaign also includes World AIDS Day on December 1st. To mark the campaign, IRC collaborated with the UN and NGO partners to conduct awareness raising activities. Information sessions were held on topics related to women's health and rights, HIV, and GBV.
2-Additionally, the committee ensured appropriate sanitation facilities in war-recovering communities in Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal. In the last quarter, IRC completed 278 household latrines in nine different war-recovering communities, with high rates of return of displaced persons in the Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal region of southern Sudan. An additional 323 latrines are in process. Additionally, the working group built latrine blocks and hand-washing facilities in seven schools in the area. The International Rescue Committee also carried out hygiene awareness activities in the communities and schools in order to promote latrine use and other safe hygiene practices. IRC's sanitation work contributes to decreased morbidity and mortality in the region through improved environmental health and hygiene conditions.
3-IRC provided activities for displaced children and youth in Darfur to learn skills and participate in recreational activities. In this quarter, the committee saw an average of 14,107 children and youth participating in the activities of its child friendly spaces in Darfur on a daily basis. An additional 4,291 youth participated in recreational clubs and activities. A total of 4,267 youth took part in the vocational skills training which provided them with skills to engage in economic activities. IRC is also rehabilitating existing child and youth centers, and has already completed 6 centers and installed 8 swing sets in camps in North Darfur.
With annual budgets for fiscal years 2007 and 2008 totaling almost $25 million for Sudan, IRC is well on its way towards exceeding its commitment to provide $50 million dollars in water, sanitation, health, and education projects in Sudan over five years.
September - December of 2006
Hundreds of thousands of Internally Displaced Person (IDPs) in the nation of Sudan, benefited from the sanitation, health, and educational services provided by the IRC. Working in 10 IDP camps in the Darfur region, IRC constructed and improved dozens of water and sanitation systems, helping 273,590 people gain access to safe drinking water. In 25 facilities in Southern Sudan over 300,000 IDPs had access to an array of health services, including routine vaccinations, maternity care and the provision of prescription medicine. At the same time, IRC's 83 Child Friendly Spaces in Darfur offered psychosocial, educational, recreational, and skills building activities to over 15,000 young people a day. Plans are underway to open an additional 9 such spaces in the near future.
Over $10 million of projects implemented by March 31, 2006.
- The IRC has ensured that 326,693 IDP and members of their host communities have access to safe water and adequate sanitation facilities, and improved household hygiene behaviors in conflict affected communities.
- All water at supply points tested both by IRC and third parties showed zero fecal coliforms per 100ml.
- IRC ensured effective primary health care services were available for 259,737 people in Bahr el Ghazal in southern Sudan with 13 health facilities operating within the principles of the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) and adequately equipped, receiving a regular supply of essential medicines throughout the period.
Over $10 million of projects implemented by March 31, 2006.