Qatar Charity’s (QC) office in Somalia, in cooperation with the Benadir Regional Administration (BRA), opened a dispensary in Wadjer, an impoverished neighborhood in Mogadishu and 93,000 needy people are expected to benefit from the health services of the dispensary.
The dispensary has been built in this neighborhood, where most of people are poor, suffering from the lack of basic health services, as they are not able to afford the costs of the private hospitals.
The dispensary spreads over 300 square meters and is expected to provide the required health services to people, mostly children, women and elderly.
The opening ceremony was attended by a number of Somali ministers and local figures, including Abdurahman Yarisow, Governor and Mayor of Mogadishu, who loaded the Qatari donations that contribute to helping the needy in Mogadishu and other Somali areas and providing humanitarian services to them.
The ceremony was also attended by H.E Osman Mohamed Abdi (Dalo), Deputy minister of ports and marine resources, who noted the importance of the development and relief projects implemented by Qatar Charity for the benefit of the Somali people.
In February, QC’s office in Somalia handed over three ambulances to hospitals in Mogadishu to support the country's health services. The ambulances have been provided at a time when many hospitals in Somalia were suffering from a severe shortage in the patient transport services, especially for urgent cases, as many vehicles were not designed to provide first aid, which had maximized the risk to the lives of many patients.
In March, Qatar Charity interacted with the operation of mobile health clinics in Somalia, especially in the southern provinces, which are still ongoing in the field.
Medical convoys provide primary health services to the displaced and the poor, especially mothers and children under the age of five. So far, around 27,300 people have benefited from this project.
At the end of last year, QC’s office in Somalia handed over medicines and medical supplies to the Mogadishu City Hospital as part of the Emergency Relief Projects for the victims of the bombing to minimize the serious impact of the accident.
As Somalia was facing a worsening humanitarian situation, at the beginning of 2017, due to the drought, which caused an increase in the number of displaced persons from 1.1 million to 2.1 million in a few months, Qatar Charity launched a relief intervention for the displaced in the camps. The number of beneficiaries reached more than 27,975 persons in 6 provinces of Somalia through the operation of 15 medical convoys.