In Somalia, all official services, including healthcare have come to a standstill. Today, most people can’t access or afford even the most basic healthcare. This is the case for people who live in cities, but the situation in villages and hard-to-reach areas is even worse. In rural areas, when poor people and their children fall ill, they are faced with a difficult choice: travel long distances to get to hospitals and clinics for treatment, or do without the necessary medical aid. Limited access to healthcare means the most vulnerable suffer most: children, the elderly, and women – particularly pregnant women and mothers undergoing childbirth.
To address the dearth of healthcare, African Relief Fund (ARF) has been running Medical Aid programmes in Somalia, since 2007. We facilitate health centres, provide midwifery training and operate mobile clinics to help needy people in hard-to-reach areas.
A mobile clinic costs £30 a month to run.
ARF runs medical aid projects to provide basic healthcare to the needy in Somalia and here in the UK.
In Somalia, our mobile clinics have performed hundreds of cataract surgeries to date; provided dental care for schools in underprivileged communities; and distributed hygiene kits to help poor families stay safe through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our health centres and clinics, have treated thousands of patients with common diseases, including malaria, hepatitis, tetanus, tuberculosis, gastritis, diarrhoea, and many others.
Our Midwifery training programme has helped reduce maternal mortality rates in urban and rural areas of Somalia, where people rely on midwives.
ARF’s nurses and doctors play an important role in educating underprivileged communities on general health and hygiene.
In the UK, ARF runs a health clinic in Birmingham for people from disadvantaged communities who do not qualify for NHS free care.
For £300, you can equip and dispatch a mobile clinic today.
ARF’s mobile clinics have ground to a halt. Because of funding constraints, we can no longer provide medical aid to the people who rely on us most. ARF is working hard to remedy this temporary hiatus, but we desperately need your help.
You can provide midwifery training for just £100 which can save lives of many newborns.
Please support ARF’s Medical Aid Programmes so we can reach needy people in their most desperate hour with vital medical care. Your donations will help us resume our mobile clinics, train more midwives and implement special projects like free cataract surgeries.
More about ARF Mobile Clinics
Having access to basic healthcare through ARF’s mobile clinics has helped improve the health and overall wellbeing of hundreds of communities across Somalia. By taking medical aid to people in hard to reach areas, twice a week, we’ve saved them the trouble of making long, expensive journeys to towns with hospitals. Our clinics have qualified nurses who can examine patients and dispense medicine. They can also refer the patients to the on-site doctor if necessary.
The dedicated staff at our clinics also offer guidance on nutrition, hygiene and management of various conditions. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, they’ve been guiding people on prevention. They’ve provided thousands of families with hygiene kits which contain sanitising supplies as well as masks. These are distributed in rural villages and at refugee camps for internally displaced people.
More about Midwife Training
Since the collapse of the government health care system in Somalia, pregnant women and mothers in labour have had to rely local midwives. Community midwives have much experience but no official training. They use traditional methods to help bring babies into the world.
ARF’s Midwifery Training Programme improves the skills of community midwives and the care they offer. This ensures mothers and new-borns have a better chance of survival. Last year alone, we trained 13 midwives who in turn have trained hundreds of community midwives, imparting new skills and updated knowledge.