International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.
Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, non-political, non-sectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.
International Medical Corps (IMC) has been working in Darfur region since 2004 providing interventions including nutrition, primary health care, maternal and child health, secondary health care, awareness and prevention, outbreak surveillance and response, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to internally displaced people, refugees, and host communities in addition to capacity building of the Ministry of Health and the community. This is achieved through the support of the different donors, government counterparts and the population. The US Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is the largest donor supporting IMC interventions in Sudan. Under OFDA funding IMC is currently supporting 4 health facilities (Kalma, Alsalam 1, Alaslam 2and Elserif) within IDP camps in South Darfurand has now expanded to East Jabel Mara locality.
IMC in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholder has been implementing Health, Nutrition and WASH projects expected to contribute to reduction of morbidity and mortality of children under 5, pregnant and lactating mothers. The programs have adopted an integrated emergency and rehabilitation approach to prevent and treat malnutrition and improve health service delivery. IMC plans to understand in more depth and breadth the underlying risk factors associated with poor health, nutrition and WASH in its operational areas. It is expected that the findings from the survey will inform IMC management decisions on program design and implementation. This survey is therefore to help in understanding the level of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) related with health, nutrition and WASH in South Darfur.
To determine mothers/caretaker’s knowledge and caring practice regarding infant and young child feeding.
To provide additional qualitative information on the likely causes of malnutrition and barriers to optimal infant and young child feeding nutrition practices (E.g. through focus group discussions).
To formulate and provide practical and sustainable recommendations to strengthen the nutrition activities based on the survey findings.
To assess the community’s knowledge, attitude, practice and beliefs regarding water, sanitation and hygiene
To determine knowledge, attitudes and practices about Maternal and Child Health issues as well as other related factors such as health seeking behaviour during illness, within the target communities.