Afghanistan is suffering from an extremely high mother / child mortality rate. For this reason we are training young Afghan women from rural regions to be state-approved midwives. At the same time, a similar project is being run for nurses who, in addition to basic medical care, will also provide education on the importance of vaccination, hygiene and nutrition. In addition, we have helped the hospital in Imam Sheshnor with the repair building work on another dilapidated medical facility, which we are now supporting on the path to financial independence. Cap Anamur also worked in Afghanistan from 1987 to 1989.
In the north of Bangladesh, we are strengthening the medical care network. Together with the government and local NGOs, we support seven hospitals in the districts of Joypurhat and Naogaon with medicine and other supplies. In this way we can ensure the care of 10,000 patients per month. They all belong to the so-called ultra poors, the poorest of the poor. In addition, we are involved with a school for children with disabilities.
More than 1.2 million registered Syrian refugees are currently living in Lebanon, with hundreds of thousands more that are not registered. With a population of about four million Lebanese, the refugees have therefore increased the population by almost a third. The effects of this situation are noticeable in many areas, as the entire infrastructure of the country is working at the limit of its capacity. There are innumerable refugee settlements scattered all over the country and mostly located on the outskirts of the cities. Sidon, the fourth largest city in the country, and its outskirts, is home to many of the refugees. Here, the proportion of refugees is over 50 percent. First of all we have identified settlements that have received little or no help, and are now organising transport for the people living there to the medical facilities, the laboratory or the hospitals. At the moment, we provide about 1,000 medical consultations per month, as well as the necessary auxiliary services, medical treatment and medicine for the Syrians, Palestinians and also for the socially disadvantaged Lebanese population. In addition, we organize small repairs in the settlements. This usually involves water pumps or waste disposal equipment to improve the sanitary situation and prevent diseases.
For years, the country traumatized by the Civil War and the Ebola Epidemic has been at the bottom of the United Nations Human Development Index, i.e. it is one of the least developed countries. In Freetown, we run the street children’s project Pikin Paddy, where our social workers seek to find families for the children and enable them to attend school. In order to support the country’s health system, which was strongly compromised by the Ebola Epidemic, we have been helping the Makeni Hospital since July 2015 with construction and renovation work, medical equipment and personnel. Our first mission in Sierra Leone was from 1988 to 1999. In 2009 we returned to Sierra Leone.
For almost 20 years, we have been providing medical care to people in the Nuba Mountains. In the hospital of Lwere, a village in the middle of the Nuba Mountains, we treat over 6,000 patients every month who come to us with malaria infections, burns or shrapnel injuries. In order to reach residents of remote villages, we also have a supply network of six medical facilities in a radius of over 100 kilometers around Lwere. In these so-called health centres, we treat up to 14,000 patients a month.
Central African Republic
At the hospital in Bossemélé there was a lack of medicine, there was also no electricity and hardly any food because public transport had completely broken down due to the ongoing civil war. We therefore got the hospital back up and running and now support it with medicine, technical equipment and personnel. The new buildings for Paediatrics and the Department of Internal Medicine have already been completed. We also help with supplies and medicine in the hospital in Yaloké. For several months now, we have been building a satellite network of health care outposts from our hospital in Bossembélé to help people in rural areas.