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NewKalma (Brand new clinic at Kalma Camp. The old dirt floor clinic stands to the right.)

A New Clinic in Kalma Camp

New clinic means new hope for displaced families in Sudan's Kalma Camp

After a lot of hard work with partners and the community, ARC has created a new health care facility in Sector 8 of Kalma Camp in Darfur, Sudan.

More than 130,000 men, women and children live in Kalma Camp, a semi-permanent home to families who have fled violence and now have nowhere else to go. “It is really overwhelming in person,” says Majra Mucic, ARC Program Assistant who recently visited the camp. “People, largely women, are forced to walk for miles in search of water and are subject to many dangers when they leave their communities. The same goes for those seeking food, medical care, and sources of livelihood."

OldKalma
(Above: the old clinic in Sector 8 of Kalma Camp)
“This clinic was the top priority for the community members I met with, so I’m glad to see it finished,” Mucic adds. “Kalma has become an important place for so many families who have taken refuge here. I can tell you, people are extremely grateful for the services ARC has provided thus far. Numerous men were tearing up when talking about what coming to Kalma has meant to them.”

ARC currently provides extensive health services in Kalma camp including primary health care, vaccinations, laboratory services, health education, maternal care and more. Over the last few months, ARC has reached over 11,000 people operating partially out of the previous thatch-roofed clinic pictured above. The new clinic will improve this capacity, specifically increasing services for children under 5, elderly men and women and other vulnerable groups.

According to Musa Sharaf, ARC Supply Chain Coordinator in Kalma Camp, the new clinic was a collaborative effort. The clinic was built after close consultation with Kalma Camp local administration, Sudan’s State Ministry of Health, and Kalma community groups. USAID, UNCERF and Global Communities all helped fund portions of the facility. Now, with the new facility, health care workers are hoping to increase that number.

The new clinic opened this past Sunday.

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