Visiting the Sick

    Hospitals in Mogadishu are understaffed, underequipped and overcrowded. This year’s drought precipitated the number of poor and sick Muslims who needed urgent medical attention. The strain put on Somalia’s straitened hospitals was enormous.

    Upon entering hospitals in Mogadishu, one finally realises how serious the famine has been. Women, children and the elderly were waiting, almost lifelessly, in the grounds, on the hospital floors, on the stairs, in the corridors and wherever else they could find space. The sick and needy were on intravenous drips, forced to be treated on the stairs, on the floors and even in the yard.

    Thaubaan Radiallahu ‘anh reported that Allah’s Messenger Sallallahu ‘alaihi sallam, ‘When the Muslim visits his sick brother he never ceases to be in a garden of paradise until he returns.’ It was said, ‘What is its garden?’ He said: ‘Its fruits.’ (Muslim)

    Upon assessing the situation, UWT administered a number projects in the hospitals of Banadir and Madina.

    Cooked Food Programmes

    Many of these patients sadly do not receive regular food – food that is crucial for their rehabilitation. In response UWT started cooked food programmes in Banadir and Madina hospitals in the Hodan district of Mogadishu. Each day around 850 patients receive freshly cooked rice, meat and vegetables and some fruit. Alhamdulillah food packs are also given to the patients’ attendees. In total over 1000 packs of cooked food are handed out to hospital residents in Mogadishu every single day.

    Many patients in Madina and Banadir have come from rural areas, thus already being poor and in need of aid. For these families the cooked food project will remove the added of worry of trying to feed themselves when tending to their sick inshallah.

    Kidz 4 Kidz

    Banadir hospital – which specialises in maternity and child health - has a large paediatrics ward where as much as 300 children are treated at any one time. As part of the UWT ‘Kidz 4 Kidz’ project in Somalia, on 23rd October, all the children in the hospital received a Kidz 4 Kidz gift bag. On 24th November all the children also received a new pair of clothes.

    Dry Food Distribution

    Given the widespread poverty, the UWT team was keen to provide more security to patients and their families. In Banadir many patients’ families had almost become permanent residents of the place. The team therefore provided 45 kg food packs to over 300 sick and disabled patients. Porters were employed to help patients and their families carry the packs to where was needed.

    Medical Supplies

    Insulin supplies were handed over to the manager of Banadir hospital on the 24th November. This initial handover is part of a wider distribution of medicine that will take place in Somalia once the cargo ship arrives inshallah.