Mobile Clinic – Provision of Primary Health Care (PHC) services to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Syria

Project Mobile Clinic - Provision of Primary Health Care (PHC) services to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Syria
Objectives

To reduce mortality and morbidity rate among the IDPs in Syria.

Specific Objectives: • Provide medical services to the beneficiaries in the camps and urban community areas. • Decrease death threats of patients with critical conditions. • Prevent diseases from spreading within crowded camps and communities.

Project Partners -
Activities

• Visited the camps and communities at the northern and eastern areas of Allepo. • Procured supplies needed by the beneficiaries. • Arranged medical visits to the camps as needed to conduct PHC services. • Arranged different types of specialist doctors to visit along with the existing medical team. • Collected data and census on the type of diseases and demographic for analysis. • Prepared operational and financial report on the project to be submitted to stakeholders on a weekly basis.

Locations • Eastern area: Dyr Hafer, Albab, Jarablus , Manbej , and the small villages in between. • Northern area: Alraee, Akhtareen ,Arshaf, Dabek, Ehtemlat, Soran, Azaz, Mareh, Telrifat and other small villages among them.
Period January to April 2014
Accomplishments

• An average of 100 patients received medical consultations and treatment on a daily basis for primary health care. • Reduced mortality rate to below 5 for the beneficiaries treated at RWB health clinic. • Provision of free medicine/ treatment to 70% of the patients consulted at the clinic.

Background

The conflict in Syria which started as a revolution in 2011 has escalated into a civil unrest and had since, protracted until present time. More than 6 million people have been affected by the conflict in Syria and more than 1.5 million Syrians fled the country to find asylum. This has resulted in further complexity in host countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, and other neighbouring countries which experienced constraints in terms of overstretched resources, funding, coordination challenges, local national policies and other limitations. The gravity of the crisis exacerbated the refugees condition across all host communities. Aid providers have highlighted the increasing incidence of severe poverty, with savings and families’ assets exhausted. All assessments covering the topic highlighted an increase in the numbers of refugees in debt. Opportunities to find income have dwindled as the refugee population swells amidst regional economic instability.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

Based on MERCY Malaysia’s initial assessment and meetings with local humanitarian agencies, the team recommended that aid from MERCY Malaysia should be provided. To address the basic health needs of the Syrian community affected by the conflict , MERCY Malaysia provided the local health sector with medical supplies, equipment and other necessities to ensure urgent health services were available to those in need. Health monitoring activities were implemented to initiate support services that allowed the current health providers to manage their services effectively. This includes providing mobile clinics, a blood bank and post-surgery care for the victims of the conflict. These activities helped to relieve the work of the medical personnel there as they were fatigued after being constantly in service since the crisis began. MERCY Malaysia also provided specialist medical support to existing health providers to supplement their services in treating patients with chronic illnesses since the initial treatment were suspended for this category of patients to focus on providing healthcare to those with life threatening injuries and diseases.