Four months into Somalia famine, IRC addressing urgent health needs in Mogadishu
The IRC is treating nearly 100 patients a day at its clinic in a camp in Mogadishu that shelters more than 17,000 Somalis who have been displaced by fighting and famine. (Photo: IRC)
Four months into the famine crisis in Somalia, the International Rescue Committee is continuing to provide desperately needed health care to more than 40,000 people in Mogadishu, the Somali capital left in ruins by 21 years of civil war.
Although the famine has eased in some parts of the country, United Nations officials said today, deaths are likely to continue in other areas – including the crowded camps for the displaced in Mogadishu.
The IRC is treating nearly 100 patients a day at its clinic in a camp on the edge the city that shelters more than 17,000 displaced Somalis. Doctors there say that poor access to clean water and sanitation has contributed to a marked increase in the number of cases they see of diarrhea, intestinal parasites, skin infections, upper respiratory infections and pneumonia.
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