In the north east of Africa, Sudan and in particular the Darfur region in western Sudan remains one of the world’s most severe humanitarian crises as it struggles to recover from 20 years of civil war and continuing insecurity.
The Darfur conflict, which started in 2003, has led to the displacement of 2.7 million people. Despite the signing of a north-south peace agreement in 2005 and a relatively peaceful secession of South Sudan in July 2011, the situation in Darfur continues to deteriorate, as outbreaks of violence claim even more lives and force people to flee their homes. While some internally displaced persons (IDPs) have begun to return to their original communities, many are doubtful of what they will face upon their return in terms of land, security, and basic services.
Despite the challenges of operating there, International Medical Corps has worked in Darfur non-stop since 2004, providing primary health care, maternal and child health, nutrition, water and sanitation, HIV/AIDS, and capacity-building programmes to approximately 500,000 people. In addition to direct services, International Medical Corps also invests in local health professionals and national staff through training and education, to build the foundation for long-term recovery.
International Medical Corps UK recognises the invaluable support of the following European donors to make our work possible.