In Sudan, KalaCORE works to improve diagnostic and treatment services in the areas endemic for visceral leishmaniasis (VL), focusing not only on on the improvement of routine VL services but also on enhancing outbreak response. 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. All activities were handed over to WHO during the program duration.
The hyper-endemic area within Sudan where over 80% of cases occur, lies around the basins of the Rahad and Atbara rivers in Gedarif State. 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 has been proactively working to ensure these most vulnerable groups do not miss out on accessing VL treatment.