Project Factsheet
Project ID:00097501Description:UPGRADING HEALTH FACILITIES
United Nations Fund Darfur
Start Date *: 17 Dec 2015
End Date*: 30 Jun 2018
Country: Sudan Project Status: Operationally Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Duration: 18 month

Lead Agency: WHO (with UN-Habitat, UNFPA and UNICEF)

Pillar 2: Reconstruction

Project Objectives

Increased access to and utilization of comprehensive health and nutrition services;

Basic services are provided in return sites.

Introduction& Problem Statement:

The Darfur States health services are weak, inefficient and inequitable due to a variety of interlinked factors. Insecurity, remoteness, poor working conditions and lack of a sustainable incentives policy has resulted in a high staff turnover, with most qualified medical officers migrating to larger cities or outside of Darfur leaving a severe understaffing of rural health facilities. The DDS Situation Analysis records 77% of the existing health facilities have been affected by conflict, 67% need rehabilitation and 10% need complete reconstruction. One third of health facilities operate in precarious dwellings built of traditional material, only 29% of them have safe water and 32% have electricity. The situation is worst in rural areas, especially in the return sites where the infrastructure and functionality of health facilities have been severely affected by the pre-conflict neglect and conflict destruction; furthermore in many return villages; there are no functional health facilities and people are forced to walk or drive long distance to the nearest health facility to receive medical treatment.


This Project will focus on both the infrastructure rehabilitation and/or extension using environmental-friendly technologies, and on the functional upgrading of health facilities, though filling in the identified gaps in terms of service delivery package, medical equipment and supplies, and human resources availability and skills.

The Project will improve twenty facilities, four in each of the five states of Darfur, selected on the basis of being close to large population settlements, require the heaviest workload and are accessible for the implementing agencies. An additional ten health facilities have been selected in close coordination and synergy with other sectors’/Projects’ prioritization of return sites, as being close to the returnee communities in rural settings. These will facilitate the implementation of the concept of “hubs for services” and augment the return packages – one hub serving a cluster of villages/communities where return is ongoing.

By the end of the project it is expected that around 2.9 million people (1.62million female and 580,000 children below 5 years of age) in 30 locations in five Darfur states, including a significant number of returnees, will benefit from increased access to quality health and referral services.

The Project has coordinated its activities with the DRDF on-going and planned health rehabilitation/upgrading and construction projects. All selected sites/health facilities (including return sites) are included in the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) health facilities mapping and human resources plans, an essential condition to ensure that they will receive further funding for functioning, and are eligible for inclusion into the states’ revolving stock and health insurance schemes. It will also coordinate its activities with Projects 7, 8, 9 and 11 to ensure coherence in performance, especially the consistent use of SSB and the adoption of a standardised design and building standards of facilities.

Implementing Partners:

The Project implemented by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and UN-Habitat in full partnership with the relevant DRA institutions (MHA, MRDI & DRDF), the Federal Ministry of Health, the 5 State Ministries of Health (SMOHs) and the 5 States Ministries of Planning and Urban Development (SMPUDs), and NGOs. The collaboration with three Darfur Academies for Allied Medical Sciences will be instrumental for filling in the urgent human resources needs.

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