Relief report from DWW

Doctors Worldwide Turkey

Activities June 2013 February 2014

Syria Crisis

In order to bring relief to the Syrian people, Doctors Worldwide Turkey organized a plastic surgery camp in Aliya Public Hospital with the support of Palestinian volunteer doctors from El Halil. The team performed 26 operations and examined 50 patients in polyclınics.

As the crisis persisted DWWT extended its activities in turkey near the Syrian border in Yayladagi in Hatay province where a health station and a pharmacy were established. Medicines and other medical supplies such as surgical bags are regularly sent there in order to meet with the growing needs of the refugees living in the area. A free circumcision camp was also organized for Syrian children during the month of Ramadan while families were offered a daily meal. 69 children were circumcised. A new camp was organized in January 2014 inOsmaniye. At this occasion 126 children were circumcised and 500 were provided psychological support in school.

A total of 3.676.190TL worth medicines were sent to Syria in July 2013 and January 2014.

In January 2014, in order to help the Syrian refugees to cope with hard winter conditions DWWT with Hayat Vakfıprovided 2000 blankets in Reyhanlı.

With our Canadian partner Global Medic we also implemented a WASH project providing 4.800.000 water purification tablets, 1.475.760 water cleaning bags, 200 water purification units and 2 tents. We also provided a two day training in the communities on how to use these.

Somalia: toward capacity building

DWWT has been active in Somalia since 2011. Since then we have opened a hospital, 3 nutrition centres and sent many teams of volunteers. In 2013-2014 most of our activities have been oriented toward capacity building.

In July 2013 a team of high profile volunteers was sent toShifa hospital. They performed 23 surgeries and 55 medical examinations. Besides they trained Somali physicians and gave lectures in Benadir University.

In November 2013, with the support of WHO, DWWT organized the first National Medical Conference on the topic “Reviving the new area of health sector”.

DWWT’s medical specialization program is going on with new students regularly coming from Somalia to undertake formations in Turkish hospitals.

Our health vocational school Ibn Sina has opened gathering for its first promotion 50 students including nurses, midwives and laboratory technicians.

Health and Nutrition projects

Until October 2013 DWWT was implementing a health and nutrition project in Niger. In 15 months more than 15000 children benefited from our program.  In 2014 other Health and Nutrition centres should be implemented in other regions in need. For this purpose in August 2013 a need assessment was undertaken in Mauritania.

Enlighten Eye project: cataract operations and trainings

In the scope of our “Enlighten Eye project” dedicated to cataract and other ophthalmic surgeries DWWT sent 2 teams to Mauritania and to Yemen in August 2013.  A total of 90 surgeries and 600 examinations were performed.

Smiling Children project

Our Smiling Children project is dedicated to cleft palate surgery. 2 volunteer teams were sent. One team went toHadramut Saleh Babaker Charity Hospital in Yemen in September 2013 and the other one was sent to Azerbaijan in June 2013.  A total of 131 surgeries and more than 550 examinations were performed.

Our capacity building projects go on in Gaza and in Yemen

In June 2013 DWWT initiated a project with Al Shifa and Nasser hospitals in order to implement a microsurgical unit and to train local physicians. The equipment provided includesa mobile microscope, phaco machine and arthroscopy equipment.

In December 2013, the First Yemeni Turkish Emergency Medicine Congress was organized with the support of IstanbulMedeniyet University and Sana University of Science and Technology. In 2012 2 other medical congresses had been organized by DWWT and its partner universities.

Violets of Hope project in Niger

In 2013 DWWT has initiated an important integrated project dedicated to the eradication of obstetric fistula in Niger including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. A need assessment was undertaken and a first team was sent to Niamey to perform surgeries in Niamey Fistula Centre in November 2013. The 4 Turkish volunteers worked hand in hand with the local team and performed 18 surgeries.

An ongoing cooperation in Kosovo

DWWT has been working for Kosovo people since 1999. In July 2013 a project was organized in Prizren for hearing disabled children. During 4 days tests, examinations and hearing equipment were provided. Following the success of this initiative another team was sent in October 2013 to NenaTeresa School for Hearing and Speaking Disabled Children.

Emergency Relief and early recovery in the Philippines

Following the typhoon which devastated the Philippines, DWWT implemented a field hospital in Dagami area. Examinations, paediatrics, circumcisions…were performed free of charge for the local communities. 3 teams of volunteers were also sent from Turkey. A total of 1651 patientsbeneficiated from this project.

In an early recovery perspective DWWT is now working for the reconstruction of Dagami health centre.

Qurbani Project: Health and brotherhood

In October 2013, DWWT implemented Qurbani project in 5 African countries: Ghana, Sierra Leone, Niger, Kenya and Somalia. A total of 11.172 shares were cut, benefiting to more than 100.000 families. At this occasion medical teams were also sent to Niger and Sierra Leone where 1830 examinations were performed and medicines were distributed.

Water wells in Africa

Since access to clean drinkable water can help prevent many diseases DWWT has raised funds in order to dig water wells in several African countries. So far we have dug 3 water wells in Niger and 6 are under construction in Kenya.

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