Reconstruction of Ampan Divisional Hospital in Jaffna

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BACKGROUND

Northern Sri Lanka is now in need of support from international community to reconstruct and re-equip their health facilities since most of them were destroyed during the war. Being abandoned for so many years, the divisional hospital that should have been able to provide maternity care and primary health care to the people in Ampan was unable to function for a long time due to the damage that was caused both by tsunami in 2004 and the conflict.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

MERCY Malaysia, funded by the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, worked together with our partners Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) and the Ministry of Healthcare of Sri Lanka to refurbish the damaged hospital.The project involved there construction of the main outpatient department block, maternity ward, nurse/midwives and doctor’s quarters along with the donation of medical equipments and furniture. This project was completed in August 2011 and an official handover ceremony was carried out on 21 October 2011. Ampan hospital will benefit 10,000 beneficiaries from the surrounding area.

Outreach Clinics in Jaffna District, the Northern Province, Sri Lanka

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BACKGROUND

Sri Lanka was in a state of civil war for the past 26 years prior to 2009. The civil conflict began in 1983, as a result of the insurgency by the state Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (the LTTE, also known as the Tamil Tigers) which fought to create an independent Tamil state in the north and east part of the island. The conflict ended in May 2009 after the LTTE was defeated by the Sri Lankan military.

For over 25 years, this civil war caused significant hardships for the environment, economy and especially the people of the country, with an estimated 80,000–100,000 people killed during its course. From March until December 2009, MERCY Malaysia provided relief aids at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Menik Farm, Vavuniya. However, since November 2009, the Sri Lankan Government allowed over 150,000 IDPs from Menik farm and 100,000 from other camps to return to their respective villages in the Northern Province which still lack proper medical care.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

It is highly crucial to continue providing medical services in the villages as the process of resettlement is still ongoing and will set to continue into the next few years. MERCY Malaysia and CHA provide regular outreach clinics in five selected locations in Sri Lanka’s Jaffna District. This project has directed its focus to the vulnerable groups especially children and women in the community and has benefited more than 18500 individuals.

Emergency Provision of Essential Health Services to IDPs in Greater Mogadishu

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BACKGROUND

As the crisis worsens in Somalia, more people are forced to leave their homes to move into camps in order to meet their basic needs. With the population in IDP camps increasing significantly, there is also a greater need for medical treatment as proper medical care remains scarce.

An estimated 1.4 million people are displaced inside Somalia and Mogadishu is hosting 380,000 IDPs in 200 camps all over the city.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

Mobile clinics were set up in two IDP camps in order to help improve the healthcare of IDPs and to reduce the morbidity and mortality rate among the community. Consultation and treatment services were given to more than 16,000 beneficiaries who are mostly made up of women and children.

Supplementary Feeding Programme

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BACKGROUND

Following three consecutive seasons of poor rainfall, the Horn of Africa is facing one of its history’s worst emergencies – with Somalia being identified as one of the worst affected countries. Since the July 2011 declaration of famine, some 250,000 Somalis still live in famine conditions and 4 million people remain in need of humanitarian aid. In some parts of the south, one in three children is malnourished.

Cases of malnutrition among women and children have reached alarming levels. According to a Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) report, 450,000 children in Somalia are malnourished, of which 190,000 suffer from severe acute malnutrition. An estimated 336,000 children, representing 75 per cent of all malnourished children, are in the south.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

In collaboration with Muslim Aid, MERCY Malaysia conducted a supplementary feeding programme in three centres over the span of three months. Each centre – Mogadishu, Bay and Bakool – registered 300 children below the age of five which have been identified as malnourished according to the MUAC measurement. Children under the programme are fed unimix meal made of grounded wheat, beans, maize, sugar and sesame. Dry skimmed milk is also fed twice daily. After a child has reached normal weight, that child will be discharged and another child will be registered in its place.

WASH Project in Kawhmu and Kunyangon Townships, Yangon Region

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BACKGROUND

In May 2009, Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, sweeping through the Ayeyarwady delta region and the country’s main city and former capital, Yangon, with winds up to 200kph. It was estimated that 2.4 million people were affected by the cyclone and it is further estimated that several hundred thousand people were without shelter and safe drinking water. 37 townships in Ayeyarwady and Yangon Divisions were significantly affected by the cyclone, with damage most severe in the Delta region. The level of damage in the Delta region forced many to relocate to the less damaged Kawhmu and Kungyangon townships, which is at the border of the Delta.

Nevertheless, several humanitarian needs are still lacking including, among others; proper housing, access to clean water, proper hygiene and sanitation facilities, livelihood source as well as education for children. The survivors still live in deplorable conditions with hardly any access to proper health care and livelihood.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

With greater emphasis on building better living conditions for those affected by the cyclone, MERCY Malaysia focused its efforts on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project at the Kunyangon and Kawhmu townships.

Having identified the needs of the different communities, temporary and household latrines were built with the help of local communities. A total of 75 temporary latrines were built in the Kunyangon township and a further 200 household latrines were built in the Kawhmu township. Another 183 units will be installed at the Taw Palae village. Hygiene awareness campaigns were also conducted throughout the townships and hygiene kits were distributed to members of the communities.

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