Mayo Paediatric Centre
Over 15,000 vaccinations in 2017.
The Mayo refugee camp, on the outskirts of Khartoum, was opened twenty years ago for refugees of the war between Sudan and South Sudan. Over the years, with the arrival of refugees from Darfur, the camp has expanded and is now home to 400,000 people who live in conditions of basic survival.
The only health facility providing free treatment for the population is EMERGENCY’s Paediatric Centre, opened in April 2005 in the Angola area.
Every day, around a hundred mothers and children come to the Centre: the EMERGENCY staff perform a triage to understand which patients need to be examined first. Children in a critical condition are hospitalised for daily observation in a 6-bed ward. The most serious are transferred by ambulance to public hospitals, where we continue to monitor their conditions until they are discharged.
At the Centre, we provide antenatal care, while workers from the local Ministry of Health perform the necessary vaccinations.
To help as many children as possible, our doctors, nurses and health promoters organise health education courses, screening sessions for malnutrition, monitoring for pregnant women and vaccination programmes in different areas of the camp. EMERGENCY extended its preventive medicine work with the project “Community participation to strengthen basic maternal and paediatric health services in Mayo IDP camp”, co-financed by the European Union – EU Delegation to Sudan – in partnership with the Ministry of Health of the state of Khartoum. The project concluded in 2014. Our staff trained 47 camp inhabitants to be “volunteer sentries” for the identification of the sick children in their communities.
Update: 21 July 2017
Strengthening basic maternal and paediatric healthcare services in the Mayo area.
The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Sudan and EMERGENCY can announce the results of the first year of activities related to the project carried out in the Mayo area of Khartoum. The project, called “Health and nutrition for the vulnerable population in Mayo: an integrated multi-sectorial project”, is co-funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and the European Union, implemented in partnership with Mujaddidon NGO, a Sudanese organisation.
The main aim of the project is to improve health services and education for vulnerable people in the Mayo area by facilitating strong partnerships among civil society organisations and local authorities.
In cooperation with national partners, the project is promoting children and maternal health and education, and strengthening health service delivery with the provision of free medical treatments available in the EMERGENCY Paediatric Centre in Mayo.
The project also aims to build a health-based culture among health workers and communities through the provision of training and awareness sessions, and the implementation of health promotion activities in 576 classes in Mayo schools, which will address children, teachers and communities.
These activities will ensure that communities will receive education sessions on good hygiene practice, child nutrition, prevention, immunisation, the risk of malaria and the importance of timely access to health facilities when needed. After 12 months of the project, 113 classes in Mayo schools participated in awareness sessions, 14,499 children have been treated in EMERGENCY Paediatric Centre and 6,449 women received ANC/PNC/FP services.
By strengthening healthcare services, health education, and training health workers, the project is improving health service delivery and awareness in one of the most disadvantaged areas of Khartoum. Addressing the unmet health needs of the vast population of the Mayo area is the main goal of the project.
Through the implementation of the project, EMERGENCY will be able to reach more than 133,000 inhabitants living in Mayo area. The project will benefit the whole health sector thanks to the supply of on-the-job training to national health workers, and the provision of free of charge healthcare services.
The Mayo Paediatric Centre is co-funded by the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development
The Mayo Paediatric Centre is co-funded by the European Union – EU Delegation to Sudan.
Start of clinical activities: April 2005
Activities: Paediatrics, Paediatric A&E
Facilities: 2 Outpatient clinics, Observation ward, Obstetrics outpatients clinic, Vaccination clinic, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Auxiliary and technical services, Reception and health education area, Outdoor play area.
Number of Beds: 6 (day hospital)
Local Staff: 42
Admissions (day hospital): 20,016
Patients referred to hospital: 11,680
Beneficiaries of integrated outreach activities: 48,596
Antenatal care consultations: 2,738
(Data correct as of 31 December, 2017)