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Port Sudan Paediatric Centre

 100 children were admitted every month in 2017.

Port Sudan Paediatric Centre

We arrived in Port Sudan in 2011 to provide paediatric care in a very poor area, where there were no healthcare facilities for a population of around 800,000 people. A programme of vaccinations, carried out in collaboration with the local Ministry of Health, allows the children to complete the series of vaccinations envisaged by the international protocols. Every day our staff carry out over 80 examinations, diagnosing malaria, gastrointestinal infections and respiratory illnesses in particular. The centre offers free treatment for children up to the age of 14. In 2017, 88% of our patients were under the age of 5.

In 2014 we opened a new paediatric outpatient department.  The same year, we launched a preventive medicine programme, co-funded by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Each week, our doctors and nurses go out to the various communities and meeting points in the area to provide hygiene/health education and teach people about preventive measures for their children and their families. They give advice about vaccinations, how to minimise the risk of getting malaria and other infectious diseases and how to have a healthy diet. They also monitor the conditions of sick children receiving treatment; all these activities are helping to improve the general health of children in the communities. In addition, we collaborate with the Nursing Academy of Port Sudan, training local staff by means of on-the-job learning and classroom lessons.

The Port Sudan Paediatric Centre, built with contribution of the MAXXI 2per100 promoted by MAXXI – the National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome – has won a prestigious architecture award: the Giancarlo Ius Gold Medal 2013, for the architectural project considered most innovative and sustainable in terms of energy savings and the use of renewable energy sources. The centre subsequently also won the Zumtobel Group Award 2014 in London.

Our projects strive to provide an oasis of neutrality in conflict zones, providing high quality care regardless of the patients’ socioeconomic status. Our goal is to create clinics that meet, if not exceed, Western standards while respecting local traditions. We aim to design sustainable, modern buildings using local materials and knowledge, and inventing solutions to keep energy costs low in extreme climates.

Programme Data

Location: Port Sudan

Started Clinical Activities: December 2011

Activities: Paediatrics, Paediatric A&E, Preventive medicine.

Facilities: 3 Paediatric outpatient clinics, Radiology, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Ward, Sub-intensive care, Store, Offices, Services, Reception area and Outdoor play area, Technical and auxiliary services.

Number of Beds: 18

Local Staff: 122

Admissions: 6,695

Examinations: 132,158

Preventative medicine programme visits: 8,451

Outreach: 26,503

(Data correct as of 31 December, 2017)

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