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Malaria Outbreak in Lower Shabelle


January 16, 2012- In Lower Shabelle, combined issues of exposure and disease resulting from late 2011's massive population displacments, have worked to exacerbate the lethal outbreak of Malaria along the Afgooye River.

While additional pressures and regulations placed on aid workers from the regions expulsions have proved fatal; impairing aids delivery and access to the most vulnerable.

“Since the explosion we are limited. We have no vaccinations and very little medicines. This morning I have already diagnosed eleven of my thirteen patients with Malaria. The needs are overwhelming, if I cannot treat everyone at the clinic they come home for assistance."  Dr Mohamed

“Everyday I see coffins going to the graveyard. I close my eyes to make it pretend but I know it is not. Now when I see people coming down the road I hide. I am scared that I will be next.” Asma Abdikadir, 10 years old, Afgooye. 

To respond, HIJRA is working along with its partners to immediately scale up its activities in Health. HIJRA currently provides Mother and Child Health care in Lafoole and its surrounding villages.


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