|Project||Health Centre (HC) Service|
To provide free essential healthcare service to the communities in Mogadishu
|Project Partners||Aden Abdulle Foundation (AAF)|
• Primary healthcare • Hygiene promotion • Health education
|Locations||Towfiq, Yaqshid – Bendair Region, Mogadishu|
|Period||January to December 2012|
A total of 24, 946 patients were treated throughout 2012
The Yaqshid district is one of the biggest districts in Benadir region of Mogadishu, it is located 10 km north east of Mogadishu, the Capital of Somalia. The current population consists of local residents, returning refugees (returnees) and internally displaced people (IDP). It is estimated at 200,000 people and the number is growing . The limited health facilities in the area have prompted Health Cluster, World Health Organisation (WHO) and Somalian Ministry of Health to request MERCY Malaysia to continue their health service projects in Yaqshid.
MERCY Malaysia efforts
The Health Centre (HC) has been in operation since January 2012, in partnership with a local NGO named Aden Abdulle Foundation (AAF), which is located in an old school building in Yaqshid. The centre provides primary health care and hygiene promotion, child immunisation and health education a referral system for complicated cases to the hospitals in the Banadir region. The Health Centre receives approximately 80 to 90 patients each day. MERCY Malaysia obtained strong support from WHO, which has provided 60% of the medical supplies for the last 8 months. The HC is working closely with the Health Cluster, WHO and the local Somalian Ministry of Health, continues to play a key role in providing healthcare services to the community and returnees in Yaqshid districts. Based on the medical evaluation report, the most common diseases in the area include urinary tract infection, skin infection and anaemia. MERCY Malaysia served a total of 24, 946 patients throughout the year. The community still faces a huge shortage of health facilities, currently there are only 3-4 health facilities serving this growing population.