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The project, implemented alongside CCM – Comitato Collaborazione Medica and Associazione Multietnica dei Mediatori Interculturali (A.M.M.I.), aims to mitigate the effects of the ongoing health crisis on the homeless population of Turin. This population is facing a moment of severe difficulties not being able to respect the rules of prevention and social isolation needed to defend themselves from the possibility of Coronavirus infection.

The goals of the project are:

  • Implementation of social and health outreach by providing counselling, health education and distributing over-the-counter drugs and hygienic kits to the homeless.
  • Set up of a telephone support service run by medical staff and aimed to workers of day and night shelter facilities, canteens, food and clothing distributors.

“All our projects on the territory in favour of the homeless people are based on health counselling, an approach that not only aims at curing the disease, medication or over-the-counter drugs distribution, but also to the cure of the person, the attention to needs outside the area of healthcare and embrace a wider and more correct definition of Health”.

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Activities at the Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital

In the hospital founded by World Friends to grant medical assistance to the most vulnerable population segments of Nairobi slums we are currently implementing:

  • Set up of an isolation wing for potential COVID cases.
  • Construction of an oxygen tank.
  • Set up of a triage tent at the entrance of the hospital.
  • Ambulance service for the pick-up of women in labor and answering to health emergencies during the curfew hours.
  • Training of the medical staff on prevention and treatment of the virus and sharing of protocols for emergency management.
  • Health information and education for all hospital visitors and distribution of personal protection devices.
  • Purchasing of equipment to face the emergency.

“In a city as Nairobi, surrounded by shantytowns, it is very difficult to enact those prevention, protection and social distancing measures adopted in countries as Italy […] People live in metal shacks, with no sanitation, no water and on less than a dollar a day. Water isn’t free and the priority goes to providing food”.

Activities on the field

  • Follow up of Nairobi Nutritional Project interventions aimed at malnutrition reduction in order to enhance the health status of mothers and children in North-East Nairobi slums and making them less vulnerable to the risk of infection.
  • Resumption of the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program activities and distribution of food packages to single mother beneficiary families.
  • Beginning of the implementation of HIPS-TB activities.
  • Resumption of SonoMobile project with safety measures for obstetrical ultrasound services on the territory and training of personnel.
  • Awareness and prevention activities in Nairobi and Ngong.
  • Reasearch and survey activities on the impact and perception of the virus among project beneficiaries and partners on the territory.

Children malnutrition is rising fastly. We used to support 40 childre, now they are already 70. Among these we register cases of extreme malnutrition and we are worried because children we left in good health conditions are coming back”.

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