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Somalia: MSF sends extra supplies to Mogadishu as teams begin measles vaccination campaign
MSF has sent medical teams and four charter planes carrying 55 tonnes of medical equipment, medicines and therapeutic food to Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital city.
In the past weeks, an estimated 100,000 people have fled from south and central Somalia to Mogadishu to seek assistance. They have settled in numerous camps in and around the city with little or no access to health care.
“MSF is extremely worried about the situation of the displaced population,” said Dr. Unni Karunakara, president of MSF’s International Council, “The situation looks really critical.”
MSF’s medical teams have started measles vaccination campaigns in dozens of makeshift camps where thousands of displaced people have gathered. Almost 3,000 children have been vaccinated so far. 1,000 children have also been screened for malnutrition, with more than half of these children identified as suffering from some level of malnutrition.
A mobile clinic has also been set up and is providing medical care to approximately 100 patients every day. MSF teams also started distribution of relief items such as hygiene items and plastic sheeting to the most vulnerable.
MSF has been providing medical care in the Mogadishu for many years, and is running health facilities in Daynile and Darkheley where more than 370 medical consultations were provided last week. To address the increasing medical needs, MSF will open in-patient therapeutic feeding centres, a measles treatment unit, and a 50-bed cholera treatment centre shortly.
"MSF will reinforce its operating team in Mogadishu in the coming days and assess other areas around the capital in order to respond adequately to this humanitarian crisis,” adds Dr. Karunakara.
MSF has worked continuously in Somalia since 1991 and currently provides free medical care in eight regions of southern Somalia. Over 1,400 Somali staff, supported by approximately 100 staff in Nairobi, provide free primary healthcare, surgery, malnutrition treatment, health care and support to displaced people, water and relief supply distributions in nine locations in South-Central Somalia.
MSF is also providing medical care to the Somali refugees in Kenya(Dagahaley and Ifo camps) and Ethiopia (Liben). In Dagahaley camp, MSF is the sole provider of medical care for the 130,000 residents of the camp where more than 6400 children are being treated for malnutrition. In Ifo extension, MSF provides medical care to the 25,000 refugees gathered in the outskirts of the camp. In Liben, MSF is providing medical care in the 6 camps where 119,000 refugees are gathered. More than 10’000 children are enrolled in nutritional programmes.
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