Emergency Provision of Essential Health Services to the host community and IDPs in the Banadir region.

Project Emergency Provision of Essential Health Services to the host community and IDPs in the Banadir region.
Objectives

To reduce and prevent avoidable health mortality and morbidity amongst the vulnerable population through the provision of essential health services by providing consultation and adequate medical treatment.

Project Partners Aden Abdulle Foundation (AAF)
Activities

• Establish, support and scale up Yaqshid operations through the provision of free consultations and treatment to our catchment areas, specifically : OPD services, health education, management of common illnesses • Provision of basic antenatal and post-natal services and consultations for pregnant and lactating women • Procurement of additional medical supplies

Locations Towfiq, Yaqshid, Banadir – Mogadishu - Somalia
Period 1st January - 31st March 2014
Accomplishments

Total number of beneficiaries at Yaqshid District Static Clinic : • Men: 15,000 • Women: 35,000 • Children: 50,000

Background

The continuing and recently escalating conflict in Mogadishu was raising concerns in the wider humanitarian community. Resulting risks for the health of the conflict-affected and displaced population in and around Mogadishu, particularly with the recent new influx IDPs, has caused problems of accessing health service. Already difficult and serious problems affecting the population had been aggravated by the on-going conflicts, drought and harsh restriction imposed by Al-Shabab. According to UNHCR both target Districts have more than 35,000 IDPs that arrived since March 2011. FSNAU 2011 analysis has revealed a critical situation in Mogadishu IDPs, indicating a global acute malnutrition ranging in between 39.4% and severe acute malnutrition 15.3% in addition to outbreaks of communicable diseases.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

Together with Aden Abdulle Foundation, MERCY Malaysia provided consultations, treatment and laboratory investigations to residents of Towfiq village in Yaqshid district in Towfiq OPD Clinic. The OPD operated five days a week with an average of 50 to 55 patients, mostly women and children. The clinic service is free and consists of 1 doctor , 2 nurses, 1 laboratory technician, 1 pharmacist, and a team of staff managing operations. The nurses examined daily vital signs of patients, organized the collation of patients’ clinical histories and provided advice to the patients on the administration of medicines. Additionally, the nurses also prepared guidelines for the doctors and provided support in the day care department, especially in the area of provision of care in the treatment of patients. The clinic referred severe cases to the surrounding hospitals including SOS hospital, Banadir Hospital, Zam Zam Egyptian hospital and Aden Abdulle Hospital. The clinic provided transportation (van) that is used for emergency cases to send patients to referral hospitals.