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Somalia: Médecins Sans Frontières assisting in Jamaame

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Uploaded on Oct 18, 2009

An overview of Médecins Sans Frontières activities in Jamaame, through the eyes of the field coordinator and the voices of the Somali staff. This is a unique insight into the current situation in Somalia, including rare recent images of the situation in a small rural hospital.

Jamaame hospital
It was opened in March 2007. 55 beds hospital, located nearly 30 kms North of Kismayo. Activities include Nutrition, maternity, general medicine and emergency care. In 2009, there was an average of 4 000 consultations and 140 admissions per month. In terms of nutrition an average of 260 kids have been treated every month in ambulatory while 90 more sever cases had to be admitted every month.

The author of the pictures
Javier Roldan, a 35 yo nurse has worked as a field coordinator in Jamaame for 7 months this year. He joined MSF in 2004 when he first worked in Somalia (Jowhar and Mogadiscio). He then worked in Darfur, Ethiopia, India, Zimbabwe until he worked again in Somalia this year. All over the years, Javier has developed a passion for photography and took these pictures in Jamaame to show the reality of the situation in Somalia.

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