At the last census date in July 2001, about 11,000 people, of which 8,100 were children and nearly 2,000 under the age of 5, had taken up residence in Gunagado camp. Children suffer from flagrant under nourishment which is on the rise. On average, 3 children under the age of 5 die on a daily basis due to under nourishment and/or disease. The appalling nutritional deficit is not only attributable to the lack of food, but also to diseases that remain untreated. Conversely, nutritional deficit makes people more vulnerable to disease. The spread of numerous instances of diarrhoea, intestinal parasites, TB and whooping cough can be attributed to the poor hygienic conditions and lack of water in the camp. In addition, the outbreak of measles recurs on a regular basis. Miserable living conditions in the very crowded tents called Tukuls without hygienic and sanitation facilities accelerate transmittance of disease, in particular of the weak and starving children.
- Improvement of the nutritional condition of the 8,100 children in Gunagado (camp and village), in particular of the around 2,000 children under the age of 5 that suffer from heavy and acute under and malnutrition.
- Reduction in morbidity and mortality through the provision of a supplementary basic health care provision for the 11,000 camp residents and 5,000 village inhabitants.
- Equipment of a supplementary and therapeutic nutritional centre in Gunagado. Heavily under or malnourished patients are inhospitalised in a therapeutic nutritional centre. Moderately under or malnourished children are treated under the supplementary programme. They receive weekly rations of a protein rich diet (maize, soy, sorghum, herbal oils and sugar) as well as a food ration for their family.
- For patients on the nutritional programme, medical provision of anthelmintic medicine and additional supply of vitamins and iron as well as antibiotics, worm remedies, anti malaria medicine, oral re-hydration solutions and other essential medicines.
- Education work in water, hygiene and nutrition.
|Project data |
|Duration:||15 February to 15 August 2002|
|Financing: ||Malteser International, German Foreign Affairs Office|
|Partner:||Ogaden Welfare Society|