Somalia Relief 1

Somali Young Doctors Association (SOYDA)

Outreach Medical Relief in Km50-Lower Shabelle Region

This report captures the two days of SOYDA mobile team activities in KM-50 (known as Alla-Yasir Camp) Lower Shabelle Region, which is the only site where the controlling authority has prepared to settle the influx IDPs from Bay, Bakool and Lower Shabelle itself. SOYDA attended to 971 beneficiaries - 88%  were children and mother who could not afford to buy a single tablet of medicine.

The two days mobile team conducted by SOYDA was from 23-24 July 2011. The mobile team objectives was  to respond to the emergency crisis that is currently rampant and seemed beyond control with special focus on health. This is along the current struggle and effort that SOYDA has been doing during the course of the emergency crisis in the country.

SOYDA carried out these activities through  team work with a  rapid need response. Basic  screening of the beneficiaries was undertaken with  intensive consultation where appropriate. The volunteer doctors and nurses from SOYDA provided free medical consultations and treatment.


·        Provision of free Medical visitation, treatment and laboratory activities

·        Nutritional Screening of all under five year olds

·        Treatment of chronic cases and their follow up

·        Provision of health brief education and sanitation programs to prevent water   and vector born diseases.

·        Mass aqua tab and chlorine distribution for water sterilization

·        Mass distribution of ORS to all HH

The following disease were prevalent:

·        Severe Malnutrition, Acute watery Diarrhea, RTI and Measles mostly in children under 5 years old

·        Respiratory Tract Infection, Intestinal Parasites and Anemia mostly in children above 5 years old

·        Skin Infection, Enemia, Chronic diseases and Urinary Tract Infection mostly in adults

·        Enemia, Pelvic Inflammatory disease mostly in pregnant mothers with no Antenatal and postnatal care

The estimated IDPs number in the camp were 3000 Families as reported by local authorities. Other diseases that have been diagnosed in the mobile activities in the area which SOYDA and referred for further medical care included:

·        All severely Malnourished children with complications

·        All chronic disease patients with follow up at SOYDA Lafole Center and also SOYDA promised to support the transportation fares  of these chronic patients

·        One Mother who has ante-partum hemorrhage

Conclusions and Recommendations

The two days mobile activities carried out by SOYDA have been successful. The organization volunteer team had 8 Doctors, 9 Nurses, 3 Pharmacists and 2 lab technicians. Beneficiaries were 367children, 492  mothers (lactating and pregnant)  and 112 males including old age men. The activities were beneficial to those who attended. SOYDA provided free consultation, medical prescriptions and laboratory investigations to the  beneficiaries.  The needs which we have seen on the ground were huge and larger compared to what the mobile team have conducted and did.

During our physical visit, quit shelter (tents) were distributed by humanitarian agencies (NRC). There was also significant local responses by Local universities, business Somali communities and private clinics. But these efforts fall short of the needs of the community.  SOYDA once more  appeal to the international and humanitarian agencies to quickly intervene in the  crisis and respond actively with various humanitarian relief efforts.

SOYDA recommend quick action in an emergency mode through close collaboration with the local organization.

Dr. Abdiqani Sheikh Omar

Executive Director of SOYDA

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Mogadishu,    Somalia.

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Somali Young Doctors Association (SOYDA) is federation of health Professional Medical Association representing Hundreds of Somali physicians worldwide. Acting on behalf of patients and physicians, the SOYDA endeavors to achieve the highest possible standards of medical care, ethics, education and health-related human rights and Health Care for all people


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