Medicin San Frontieres in Somalia

Médecins Sans Frontières are currently working overtime in the poverty stricken country of Somalia as the nutritional crisis expands further across this drought stricken land. Currently running a total of nine medical programs within Somalia, the ground force team certainly seem to have their work cut out for them.

Some of the medical programmes were put into place by Médecins Sans Frontières representatives in Somalia when they first entered to help the country in 1991. Patient numbers have obviously increased  over the last four weeks as the effects of malnutrition really begin to take a strong grip upon the inhabitants of this now barren desert.  Up to four hundred children a day are being admitted as outpatients in Marere in southern Somalia, with other medical clinics in Guriel, Dinsor, Galcayo and Galgaduud report significant increases of patients under five years of age.

With much of Somalia inaccessible to the international community due to conflict, it is really important that these areas that these areas are reached somehow to help the people caught in the crossfire. Médecins Sans Frontières are desperately trying to reach clear agreements with those in control for safe passage to attend to the worst affected parts of Somalia. Until this has been granted, it is simply too dangerous to enter and provide the medical assistance that is so desperately required.

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