Middle Shabelle, South Central Somalia

Jowhar © Albert Viñas /MSF

Malnutrution screening at MSF's clinic in Jowhar © Albert Viñas /MSF

MSF provides basic health care through a network of four health centres in the rural districts of Jowhar, Mahaday and Balcad. The health centres provide outpatient preventive and curative services; maternal and paediatric care; and an extended programme for immunization through mobile and fixed clinics. A maternity ward provides services for natural deliveries; caesarean sections, family planning and care for victims of sexual violence. There is also a nutritional programme including a stabilisation centre and ambulatory care.

In 2009, 118,968 people received consultations and free medication and 26,542 received ante and post-natal consultations at the OPD. More than 5,336 malnourished children were admitted to the therapeutic feeding centres for malnutrition treatment and management of related medical complications. A total of 1,666 babies were delivered in the maternity ward.

In July MSF teams tackled an outbreak of measles in Jowhar, treating over 1,000 people in camps for internally displaced persons in Jowhar itself and another 3,756 in Balcad, Warshiik and El Mahan. 62,132 children were vaccinated.

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