In Sudan, KalaCORE works to improve diagnostic and treatment services in the areas endemic for Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL), focusing not only on enhancing outbreak response but on the imporvement of routine VL services. KalaCORE activities support the training of health workers and community health education, as well as, the provision of diagnostic test kits, drugs, and other supplies based on health facility assessments.
The hyperendemic area of Sudan lies around the basins of the Rahad and Atbara rivers in Gedaref State, where over 80% of cases occur. Also at risk are displaced populations in Darfur and the South Sudanese refugees living in camps in White Nile State.
There has been a considerable influx of refugees from VL endemic areas of South Sudan, who are placed in camps in South Kordofan and White Nile State. The KalaCORE programme is proactively ensuring these most vulnerable groups do not miss out on accessing VL treatment. The programme has made additional plans to supply and train medical staff serving the refugee camps in these endemic areas.