We’ll only be a few minutes, just enough time for a sip of hot coffee, or jebena as it’s called here, named after the ceramic cup which it is made and kept hot in.
Mayo is a refugee camp on the outskirts of Khartoum.
EMERGENCY runs the only free clinic here, providing paediatric care in an area home to around 300,000 refugees and IDPs.
Since 2005, our staff have worked tirelessly to provide high-quality medical support to children, alongside antenatal care and screening programmes for malnutrition.
Malnutrition is widespread here in Mayo, which puts children’s growth at risk, a risk that is especially worrying when you consider how little access there is to basic healthcare.
To combat malnutrition, EMERGENCY employs Health Promoters like Ysra.
Ysra joined us 4 years ago. With her red EMERGENCY T-shirt, she travels around the camp determined to spread awareness of important hygiene and nutritional guidance in challenging circumstances. She approaches new parents, monitors their children’s health, and encourages them to follow specific nutrition programmes, as well as to consider our clinic a safe place – somewhere to come and visit whenever there might be a concern.
People are sometimes just made for their job. That’s certainly the case for Ysra. When you meet her, you feel comforted and looked after. And that’s exactly how EMERGENCY wants people in Mayo to feel. We are on the side of those who live here and ready to provide quality care.
As our founder Gino Strada once put it, we are “a drop in the ocean – you might say – but that drop has made a difference for many”.