Thousands benefit from QRCS relief project in Somalia
July 25 2016 10:44 PM
A QRCS volunteer interacting with a child.

More than 175,000 people have benefited from various relief and development projects run by Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) in Somalia in the last one year.
In a statement, QRCS said that hundreds of thousands of drought victims from local communities also benefited indirectly from these efforts, which were launched amid deteriorated economic, security, and living conditions in Somalia.
QRCS also rehabilitated the Medical Nutrition Therapy Centre at the Badbaado refugee camp and provided it with medicines, equipment and staff. 
In 2015, the centre received 632 malnourished children. It treated 715 with severe respiratory inflammation and malaria, vaccinated 104 against communicable diseases, distributed supplementary food rations to 632 mothers, and held 10 informative courses for 641 women on how to deal with malnutrition.
QRCS also rehabilitated and operated the Multi-Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Centre at Forlanini Hospital, Mogadishu, serving 74 out of the 1,640 patients it aims to help.
The Afgooye Hospital building was rebuilt, enlarged, and equipped, providing much relief to a large number of Somalis. 
Some 60 medical and administrative personnel were also hired to provide round-the-clock healthcare for Lower Shebelle and Banaadir regions.
The hospital treated more than 32,800 patients and 4,498 emergency cases over a year. It also vaccinated 2,071 children, performed 220 surgeries, and conducted 16,866 laboratory 
The hospital contracted three surgeons from abroad and set up a surgical camp to treat serious cases for free. They examined 220 patients and performed 78 general and orthopaedic surgeries.
QRCS opened the Awdheegle Health Centre after its construction, and received 8,353 medical cases and offered maternal and child health services to 700 beneficiaries.
The hospital also organised medical training courses for its staff, and vaccinated children in Awdheegle and neighbouring towns.
To reduce morbidity and mortality rates in Mareerey and nearby towns, QRCS established and furnished a health centre, which received over one year 18,829 patients, vaccinated 598 kids, performed 270 natural deliveries, and hospitalised 125 stays.
The Balad Health Centre was rehabilitated to serve 66 patients a day, or 22,820 a year.
Maternal and child health services benefited 12,726 people. The hospital also conducted 7,254 laboratory examinations, provided 526 short stays had been accommodated, and a town garbage collection system was set up.
QRCS manages two integrated care facilities in Yagoori and Kismaayo districts, including maintenance, water and power supply, installation of solar panels, and procurement of an ambulance. Together, the centres received 9,492 cases, offered obstetric services to 4,579 women, and treated 2,676 malnourished 

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