Free Treatment a Reassurance for a Mother in Mogadishu PDF Print


Since she fled from Middle Shabelle region in the south of Somalia, 30-year-old Hasno Ahmed Osman has been living in Busley village in Bondheere district of Mogadishu.

She does odd jobs to keep her family of five fed. When her nine-month-old child fell ill, she found herself unable to work, she had to stay at home and take care of him.

“It started with runny stool and then vomiting.  He could barely eat or even drink the water I was trying to give him,” Hasno narrated.

In distress, she asked her neighbour for advice: “My neighbour told me that I could take him to Boondheere clinic for free treatment. I had never been there before but I was relieved by the prospect of hope.”

At Boondheere Health Centre, CISP is working with the local community,health authorities and other partners to increase access to primary health care services with focus on women of reproductive age and children below the age of five years.

“When my turn came to see the doctor, I explained what my son had been going through. He asked me a lot of questions which I did my best to answer.  He said that I need to give him food with liquids. On a piece of paper, he wrote the names of the medicine I should collect,” she recounted.

She was asked to bring her son back to the clinic after one week.  She described her son as stronger and more playful than he was on the previous visit.

Hasno proclaimed: “It is reassuring to know that treatment is available for families like mine who do not have much money.”

By Salad Ghedi Ali, Field Communication Support Officer




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