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One Day One Action One Goal
by Zurab Elzarov
A wise man said that all great things start from small beginnings. Global partnership for effective cooperation can only be achieved when all actors at the grass-roots level share common goals and take united action on a daily basis.
Zam Zam Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Darfur provides shelter to more than 100,000 people. While the number of IDPs continued to grow rapidly due to violent clashes in various parts of Darfur, the camp had only four medical clinics run by local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and supported by the World Health Organization and the North Darfur State Ministry of Health.
A fire incident destroyed one of the clinics that had been operating since 2007, providing infant care, improving maternal health, and offering pregnancy follow-up. The destruction of the clinic created a large gap in the provision of medical care to IDPs. Therefore, the United NationsAfrican Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) was requested to provide temporary accommodation for medical personnel in order to enable IDPs to receive uninterrupted health services until the construction of a new clinic. The situation demanded an urgent intervention to bridge the humanitarian gap affecting health conditions of vulnerable displaced persons.
The project represented a successful model of collaboration among UNAMID, United Nations (UN) agencies, the government, and the local NGOs in bridging a critical humanitarian gap in a rapid, collaborative, and cost-effective manner.
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Zurab Elzarov has been working with the United Nations over the past 19 years to promote postconflict stabilization, recovery, and peacebuilding in post-conflict areas in Eastern Europe and Africa. Currently serving with the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur, Mr. Elzarov provides leadership in coordinating the Mission’s activities for protection of civilians, and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the conflict-affected population in Darfur.