A Lifesaving Partnership
Abdi* has worked with us for over 20 years, caring for Somalia’s sick as a nurse.
He started working in 1996, and over the years has responded to disease outbreaks in three different regions of Somalia, saving countless lives.
Today, he sees about 50 patients a day at a clinic that we run in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
“Some come to the health facility in severe condition,” Abdi said. “I am always ready to go an extra mile and provide the care they need. I feel good when I see them leave the facility better than they came.”
Abdi’s commitment to his country is needed now more than ever: consecutive failed rains combined with ongoing violence and instability has left millions of people in Somalia on the brink of famine. With failing livestock and crops, many people, particularly children, have fallen ill to malnutrition. Outbreaks of measles, diarrhoea & cholera have also flared up across the country.
Despite the threat of famine and disease looming over his country, Abdi has not lost hope. Abdi passionately believes that the work he, and every member of the team at the clinic, is doing each day around Somalia is alleviating suffering and saving lives.
“My happiest moment…in responding to the drought in Somalia was when International Medical Corps established a new health centre to provide health care to the people in the displacement camps,” he said. “People living in the camps are exposed to contaminated water and food, which easily spreads diarrhoea and cholera.”
The clinics in the displacement camps provide primary health care, as well as treatment for malnutrition to families who were forced to abandon their homes in search of humanitarian assistance. Many walk for days with no food or water to reach the camps.
For Abdi, this is exactly where he and First Responders like him should be: “I cannot just sit there and watch my community perish,” he said. “I have to wake up every day and go out to help my people.”
*Name changed for anonymity.