Somali Red Crescent Society
|Motto||Assisting Vulnerable People|
|Ahmed M. Hassan|
The society was established in April 1963 through the Presidential Decree No. 187 in 1965. In 1969, it was formally recognized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and became a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Main programs and activities
Outpatient and mobile clinics
Since 1991, SRCS has been providing health services to the people of Somalia through a system of 62 Maternal and Child Health Outpatient (MCH/OPD) clinics and 4 mobile clinics, targeting vulnerable groups in the community such as mothers, children and wounded individuals. These permanent and mobile clinics are designed to serve the immediate neighborhood communities and remote villages respectively, with a focus on reducing mortality and morbidity. In 2009, 623,342 patients benefitted from the treatments offered in total.
The SRCS rehabilitation programmes provide health care services to the physically disabled in Somalia through its 3 rehabilitation centers which are located in Mogadishu, Hargeisa and Galkayo respectively. Prosthesis and orthosis appliances are produced in the workshops of these centers, with physiotherapy departments that offer physiotherapy treatment. In 2009, 429 orthoses and 534 prostheses were produced while 1924 persons received physiotherapy treatment.
Keysaney war wounded hospital
Located in Mogadishu, the Keysaney hospital is a surgical hospital with a focus on patients who suffered war injuries. Established in 1992, the hospital assisted thousands of weapon and non weapon wounded patients since the outbreak of the civil war. Support is rendered by the ICRC in the form of payment of salaries and providing medicines and medical equipment through the SRCS. During 2009, 3856 were admitted in the hospital, of which 2361 weapon were wounded patients.
HIV and AIDS program
As of 2006, 44,000 Somalis were estimated to be infected with HIV, which is around 0.9% of the population. The HIV and AIDS program initiated by the SRCS focuses on prevention, treatment, care and support throughout the country. There was great emphasis on changing the behavior of the sexually active cohort by promoting safe sex practices, voluntary testing and counselling. In 2009, awareness sessions were conducted by the SRCS HIV staff and volunteers to educate the communities on the risk of HIV infections. 127,000 people benefited from the sessions in total.
The water and sanitation project is a collaboration between the SRCS and German Red Cross which targets the rural population in Somalia. The aim of the project is to increase the availability of safe water for human consumption, livestock and agriculture so as to meet the basic needs of the target population. Shallow wells and piped water systems were constructed to manage water supply while family latrines were built for improved sanitation. Water filters were given to communities using unsafe surface waters to ensure safe consumption. The total number direct and indirect beneficiaries was 3825 and 22,950 respectively.
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- WATER AND SANITATION, Retrieved 24 February 2012