Slideshow: Galcayo, Somalia: MSF’s Free Hospital and Clinics ‘A Life-line for People’

17.11.2010 | Mudug, South Central Somalia

Galcayo is located in south-central Somalia with a ‘green line’ separating Galcayo South and Galcayo North. Twenty years of violence have destroyed basic state services and the health care system leaving the population vulnerable to life-threatening situations. Women and children are particularly hard hit with one in twelve women dying during childbirth and one in seven children dying before their first birthday.

Galcayo has significant medical needs not only for the local population but for the thousands of displaced people who fled from the violence in Mogadishu about 750 kilometers away to settle in Galcayo South. MSF is the only provider of free health care services for hundreds of kilometers around Galcayo.

A team of 144 Somali staff work in MSF’s hospital in Galcayo South providing a comprehensive range of services in its in-patient and out-patient departments, including trauma surgery, ante- and post- natal care, emergency obstetric services, infant care, and treatment for tuberculosis and malnutrition.

Some patients travel to this MSF facility from as far away as Ethiopia, which is 100 km to the border, to access care. “MSF’s hospital in Galcayo South is a life-line for people here,” says Karin Fischer-Liddle, MSF’s head of mission in Somalia.

In Galcayo North, MSF also runs TB and nutritional clinics, including an out-patient center for children under 12 years old. Every year, MSF provides over 35,000 medical consultations.

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