Outreach Clinics in Jaffna District, Sri Lanka

Project Outreach Clinics in Jaffna District, Sri Lanka
Objectives

To address the immediate health and hygiene needs of returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the resettled communities through outreach mobile clinics

Project Partners • Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) • Sri Lankan Red Cross (SLRC) • Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka • World Health Organisation (WHO) • Regional Director of Health Services (RDHS)
Activities

• Mobilisation of fully equipped mobile clinics • Education and awareness programmes on nutrition and hygiene

Locations Allaipiddy village of Velanai DS Division Kaddaikkadu, Uduththurai, Kervil and Mamunai villages of Maruthenkerny AGA division
Period January 2012 to February 2013
Accomplishments

• Reached a total of 15,939 patients in the area • Referred 413 cases to major hospitals • A total of 8 physicians, 1 pharmacist, 1 female nurse, 1 field assistant and 25 volunteers participated

Background

Sri Lanka has been affected by the civil conflict for 26 years, until 2009. The war claimed the lives of many innocent civilians and displaced many more communities. Resettlement activities for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are in progress, but there is an acute need to develop a sustainable healthcare system in these areas. Proper medical care was scarce in the affected villages, due to years of abandonment and conflict. Since 2009, MERCY Malaysia has collaborated with other organisations to provide medical aid for the community living in IDP camps in Menik Farm, Vavuniya. Our efforts continued even after the Government announced the resettlement initiative, allowing the community to return to their respective villages in the Northern Province. MERCY Malaysia’s mobile clinics provided muchneeded medical attention and assistance in the resettlement areas.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

In 2012, MERCY Malaysia continued its mobile clinics programme to reach five villages in the Velanai and Maruthenkerny AGA divisions, treating a total of 15,939 patients and referring 413 cases to nearby hospitals. Last year, acute upper respiratory syndrome was reported as the most prevalent disease in the five areas, followed by muscular skeletal pain. Eight physicians, one pharmacist, one female nurse, one field assistant and 25 volunteers participated in this project, it has also garnered positive support from government representatives. The project was concluded in February 2013, and MERCY Malaysia provided medical cards on diagnosis and treatments to patients to bring along when visiting nearby hospitals to highlight their medical complaints.