EMERGENCY has announced the completion of a three-year project, in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to Sudan, dedicated to expanding health services in the Mayo camp on the outskirts of Khartoum, Sudan. The project, called “Community participation to strengthen basic maternal and paediatric health services in Mayo camp”, was co-funded by the European Union and implemented in collaboration with the Khartoum Ministry of Health and its Department of Voluntary Associations.
The project surpassed the expected results: a total number of 61,810 deprived children were treated in the Paediatric Centre and 6,769 pregnant vulnerable women received antenatal care services.
The main aim of the project was to widen the existing healthcare services available in Mayo Emergency Paediatric Centre, enhancing basic maternal and paediatric care services, and expanding them through community mobilisation and community ownership of healthcare.
As Fabio Frigeni, the Emergency Manager in Khartoum said,
‘The project strengthened the awareness of the camp population to basic healthcare. The most important result of the project was the training of 47 community members as village volunteers on preventive medicine, with the ability to recognise danger signs in need for referral’
During the project, Emergency organised meetings in which community health problems were discussed and solutions were jointly identified. In order to maximise the impact on the ground in the Mayo area, and to learn the health needs of the population, Emergency community health workers visited the camp to find sick children, to give hygiene advice to the patients’ families, and to check up on the proper use of the prescribed therapies. More than 8,400 children received visits by EMERGENCY community health workers. These health workers can make a real difference for children’s health: providing healthcare to a child in the moment when she or he needs it reduces the risks and the consequences of the illness.