Since 1978, the American Refugee Committee (ARC) has provided life-saving primary health services for refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and host communities in emergency and post-conflict settings around the world. Since 1995, ARC has expanded its portfolio to include countries transitioning to longer-term development. From program inception, ARC strives to build host country capacity to provide a broad range of comprehensive health care services by supporting Ministries of Health, service providers, and local communities. ARC implements innovative and inclusive solutions to ensure that all beneficiaries have ready and equal access to health care.
ARC’s health solutions are tailored to the local context and needs, supporting a continuum of care from households and communities to health facilities and hospitals. They focus on providing high-quality services and increasing health workers’ competency to achieve patient satisfaction and reduce burden of disease. To build high-functioning, effective health systems, ARC also strengthens capacity in supply chain management and health information systems. ARC engages both host country governments and communities to take ownership of and provide leadership and accountability for health services.
Since our founding, we have worked hard to bring access to primary healthcare services to the communities we serve. We are reaching at-risk populations bringing them a wide range of health services in some of the most remote areas of the world, including in East Darfur where we are the largest international organization working in 17 clinics. We’re also dedicated to improving child survival through effective management of childhood illnesses, essential newborn care and routine and supplemental immunization activities.
Reproductive health (RH) is integrated as an essential aspect of primary health care service provision. ARC emphasizes health worker capacity building in emergency obstetric and neonatal care (EmONC), ante-/post-natal care, family planning counseling and services, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), and clinical management of rape. ARC also collaborates with UNFPA for the implementation of the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) and distribution of RH kits in emergency settings.
In clinics and at mobile health checkpoints, we work alongside local doctors, nurses, midwives, community health workers and trained refugee staff. In cooperation with local governments and existing infrastructure, we provide quality healthcare that reaches millions each year.
A balanced and varied diet is essential for a healthy life, and with their limited diets many of the people ARC serves are at-risk of acute malnutrition. Our nutrition programs focus on the most vulnerable populations, including children under 5 years, pregnant women, the elderly, and the chronically ill. Our supplemental food programs provide hot, nutritious food for patients at-risk on a daily basis. Patients will continue to join ARC for those meals until they’re healthy and their continued food security is assured.
ARC currently provides health services to refugees, internally displaced people, migrants and members of the host community in: