Somali Aid implemented a primary healthcare through outpatient services in Kismayu. The one year Common Humanitarian Fund-Health project codenamed CHF-Health in Kismayu town commenced on March 2016. The project which was funded by UN-OCHA is coming to an end February 2017.
- During the project implementation between March-December 2016, we were able to Achieve the following:-
- 2,826 pregnant women were given obstetric care in the facilities.
- 27,997 22,368 patients (8,465 children under five, 6,497 men and 7,406 women) were provided with outpatient services across our two health facilities in Fanole and Shaqalaha.
- Improved prevention and control of communicable diseases through sensitization of communities (Both hosts and internally displaced persons) on good hygiene and sanitation practices and timely treatment-seeking behaviors.
- Provided timely response and regular reporting on epidemics of malaria, acute watery diarrhea, measles and suspected polio to WHO and health cluster through integrated disease surveillance reports (IDSR) on weekly basis.
- Two health facilities (Fanole and Shaqalaha sites) were rehabilitated to provide an enabling environment for the patients and nurses, and to accommodate for the procured drugs and equipment.
- Somali Aid also undertook awareness campaign and social mobilizations through religious leaders, mother-mother hygiene promotions to increase the utilization of maternal and child care services and timely treatment-seeking behavior. This was done through distribution of IEC materials as awareness campaign on AWDs/ Cholera and other communicable diseases as means of health education with the participation of the Ministry of Health officials.
- On Capacity building, the project achieved the following:-
- Two midwives were trained on safe delivery, post par-tum, obstetric emergencies and neonatal care.
- 10 Community health workers (6 of them women) were also trained on communicable diseases such as malaria, Measles, Polio, cholera and acute watery diarrhea and dissemination of repacked information education and communication (IEC) materials developed by UNICEF/WHO that are culturally sensitive to the local population.
The project has been vital to the community and its donor period expiry will seriously impact on the thousands of vulnerable mothers and children whose hope were revived and health safety assured.
We would wish to continue this humane services to the People of Kismayu and the project continuation will cost a total of 40,000 dollars. Somali Aid will commit part of the project cost such as half the overhead cost, logistic and staff salaries.
With your support, we can help retain this life-giving facilities for the mothers and children in Somalia.