MSF Concludes Support to Istarlin Hospital, Guri El

06.11.2012 | Assisting Somalis, Galgaduud, South Central Somalia

Nairobi, 6 November, 2012—–  After years of medical assistance to Istarlin hospital in Guri El, Galgaduud region, MSF will conclude its financial, technical support and commitment by January 31st 2013.

“This hospital was set up by the community long before MSF offered its support, and they have always been involved in its management. We have worked with them for more than six years, and hope the facility continues to provide much needed medical care.” said Brice De Le Vigne, MSF’s Operational Director forSomalia.

MSF first started working in Istarlin in 2006, with the aim of providing free quality healthcare in all departments of the hospital. The organization has also invested in the training of medical staff, as well as the implementation of telemedicine- a form of telecommunication- enabling specialists based inNairobito assist in real-time medical consultations, and provide guidance to their Somali colleagues.

In 2012, more than 29,294 consultations have been carried out, including 1,094 deliveries and 537 surgeries.

MSF wishes to reiterate its call for the safe release of our two colleagues, Montserrat Serra and Blanca Thiebaut who were kidnapped in October 2011 and are still being held against their will inSomalia. The medical organization will not step up its activities or open up new projects in the country until its two colleagues are reunited with their families.

MSF has worked continuously in Somalia since 1991, and continues to provide life-saving medical care to hundreds of thousands of Somalis in ten regions of the country, as well as in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia. Over 1,400 Somali staff, supported by approximately 100 staff in Nairobi, provides a range of services, including free primary healthcare, malnutrition treatment, surgery, water and relief supply distributions and assistance to displaced people. MSF relies solely on private charitable donations for its work in Somalia and does not accept any government funding.

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