Many questions and informative answers

by Simone Winneg/RBU, 2011/10/15

Everyone is dreading the outbreak of a disease at the refugee camps around Dollo Ado. News of cases of cholera in Somalia and Kenya are reaching Ethiopia. Refugees coming from Somalia could bring the germs with them and introduce the disease to the camps. The consequence would be another disaster in this difficult time which already is a humanitarian crisis without the disease.

The experienced humedica coordinator Simone Winneg passes her knowledge on to employees at several refugee camps. Photo: humedica

In order to be prepared for this possibility, humedica commits itself to training the responsible medical staff regarding the treatment of cholera cases. What is cholera? How is it passed on? How can it be treated?

Which materials are necessary for treating it? How do you set up a cholera treatment centre? And what preventive measures can be taken? How do you stop the disease from spreading? Many questions to which most people probably do not know the answer immediately.

In cooperation with the World Health Organisation of the United Nations (WHO), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Administration for Refugee/Returnee Affairs (ARRA), in the past humedica already implemented two training measures for more than 40 participants from three refugee camps in the South of Ethiopia.

The situation at the refugee camps is particularly critical, since tents are set up side by side, sometimes there is only little water, no sewage system and sanitary facilities are shared by a large number of people. This combination is the perfect precondition for the spreading of a disease.

Although so far - thank God - no cases of cholera have occurred at the refugee camps themselves, it is now all the more important to prepare medical staff as efficiently and as soon as possible, so that in case of a cholera outbreak they will be able to react fast and correct.

By means of this training, humedica not only contributes to the targeted preparations for a cholera epidemic, but in the long term we also improve capabilities and the know-how of the local employees at the camps on a sustainable basis.

In order to enable fast intervention in case of a cholera outbreak, numerous local employees participated in the training measures. Photo: humedica/Simone Winneg

The commitment of humedica to these training measures is no coincidence: the comprehensive experiences we have gained over many years during cholera situations, such as e.g. last year in Haiti, are a substantial enrichment to the training, as we can give practical advice and suggest feasible solutions to the challenges we are facing in Dollo Ado.

Please continue supporting our relief measures at the Horn of Africa by means of a donation. Thank you very much.

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