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Millions face health care crisis in Darfur

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A health care worker from the NGO Mercy Malaysia provides health care services to a baby, watched on by the baby's motherMercy Malaysia clinic is the only health facility providing health services during the night. Photo credit: WHO/Youssif Fadol Gomaa 1 May 2013 – As the number of international health-care providers is decreasing amid continuous insecurity and lack of funding, the people in Darfur face further deterioration of already limited health care.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the early recovery phase will require US$ 150 million over the next 2–3 years to ensure the provision of basic health and nutrition services to 3.4 million people.

“We have been here for the past five years, seeing on average 240 patients per day. We were trying to make life easier for displaced people in Zamzam,” says Abdurahman Zakaria, project officer of Mercy Malaysia, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) running a clinic in Zamzam Camp in North Darfur.

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 40 783
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 7.2
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 311
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 1.5
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 65.1

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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