Start of activities
Free Paediatric Care in a camp inhabited by over 300,000 refugees and IDP.
In the Mayo camp, about 20 kilometers from Khartoum, live people who ran away from poverty and from the war that has torn the Country apart for twenty years. Half of the population is under 14.
Living conditions in the camp are disastrous: lack of running water and terrible hygiene conditions, along with malnutrition, are the main causes of death among the youngest.
The EMERGENCY Paediatric Centre in Mayo offers free of charge health care for children up to the age of 14, an antenatal care and screening programme for malnutrition.
After the opening of the Centre, the state government of Khartoum has decided to offer free paediatric health services in public hospitals for children under 14. EMERGENCY continues to bear the costs of laboratory examinations and specialist visits for patients transferred.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Health we started a vaccination program inside the Mayo camp.
The preventative medicine program
Our job at Mayo goes beyond our work inside the clinic walls: with the outreach program, we send doctors and nurses in the various areas of the camp to screen the children’s health conditions and to inform families on basic hygiene standards for their well-being.
The “sanitary sentinels”
Between 2011 and 2014 we have had 47 volunteers now employed in the Mayo area as “sentinels” for the promotion of health and preventative medicine, able to recognize any signs of danger that need attention and to report cases to the Paediatric Centre. Over the course of the project, we have also worked to consolidate collaboration between the local authorities, the heads of the various communities in Mayo and other organisations.