Bringing the clinic to the patient

Doctors on four wheels

Time and time again the car keeps wobbling. The roads of Somaliland are not very well developed and the small mobile clinic has to avoid big potholes again and again. The road to the next village leads right through the middle of the wasteland. Although the landscape is barren, Bernd  Göken, CEO of Cap Anamur, is thrilled. “It rained  a lot during this year’s rain period and the land recovered well. Now one can see green fields and pregnant animals. Last year there were cadavers lying in the dust”, according to Bernd Göken.

After a couple of hours drive the clinic on four wheels reaches the next village. Around 2000 people live here and longingly await the arrival of our team, consisting of one doctor and two nurses. As soon as the three physicians had erected their tent on the small market square, a large group of people formed in front of it. Only slowly do they gain an overview of the various diseases and injuries. The mobile clinic is equipped with the up-to-date drugs. The most severe cases are brought for treatment by our team to the next hospital nearby. After four hours the patients around the small tent of Cap Anamur are treated and the team quickly packs up. Work does not end there in the heat as another village needs to be visited today.

“The large crowd shows that our help is needed and well accepted here in the remote villages. Our team makes a valuable contribution to the medical care in the country side”, says Thorsten Kirsch, nurse of Cap Anamur. The mobile clinic is deployed six days a week and drives – depending on the conditions – to two villages a day. Currently 13 villages are on the list of the small team. These needed to be visited at least every fortnight, thus caring for around 30.000 inhabitants. The CEO is pleased. Regular visits to projects belong to the comprehensive monitoring measures of Cap Anamur.

Development of the hospital

The team of Cap Anamur have also got their hands full in Caynabo. There we support the local hospital. Last year’s drought and the frequently contaminated water points are responsible for the sudden increase in the number of infectious diseases. Even though the rainy season was particularly good this year and the birkas built by Cap Anamur – large water catchment basins – still provide plenty of fresh water, the number of infectious diseases hardly decreased. The Cap Anamur team in Caynabo regularly receives patients suffering from measles, cholera or diarrhoea. Therefore we are now expanding the isolation ward in the hospital. “There will be 15 beds in the new ward. In four to six weeks, we want to have the building completed,” explains Andreas Tsukalas, architect in the Cap Anamur team.