Discussing refugee needs and timing for health care assistance in Ethiopian camps since the end of 2015 The RINJ Foundation has been engaged with the Ethiopian government with good result.
Ethiopia has generously taken in hundreds of thousands of refugees from Somalia and from Yemen.
RINJ workers have already shipped the first of many cargo loads of medical supplies and infant milk formula to Ethiopia which are in quarantine awaiting the processing of documents and agreements.
“Life moves slowly, in the intense heat of Ethiopia,” noted the RINJ Executive Director from the Philippines last week. “But quick progress in this instance is expected, and the generosity of our wonderful donors in North America will benefit thousands by the end of May, we anticipate,” he added.
The RINJ Foundation has proposed the establishment of two clinics plus a diagnostic laboratory to help provide medical services, including the treatment of gender based violence survivors, to the 38,000 people currently living at or near the Jijiga Refugee Camp complexes in Ethiopia.
The clinics will be supervised by a nurse practitioner who will also be on site to help provide medical services.
Refugees in the Horn of Africa: Somali Displacement Crisis – Ethiopia, Jijiga, Kebribeyah Refugee Camp
Since the clinics will perform all manner of treatments for both genders and all ages, gender based violence survivors may confidently enter the clinic for treatment as well as basic unrelated medical services including general health care and advice.
It is incorrect to assume that a patient appearing at the clinic is attending for rape-related issues. The clinics provide full services including obstetrics; health-care home skills training; basic hygiene training for groups and individuals; child care concept training, and; much more.
Where possible, for patients feeling confident enough to share their information, The RINJ Foundation will document cases of gender based violence for prosecution by local, national or international authorities.
Initially 11 people will establish the two clinics as a steering team led by Nurse Redwan.
Next will come a diagnostic laboratory with an additional 50 nurses and lab technicians over the course of 4 years. The RINJ Foundation estimates the clinics will initially treat 600 patients per week. By the end of the 4 th year the clinics will be treating approximately 3600 patients per week. The Foundation wishes to establish a long term presence in Ethiopia, first at Jijiga and then moving to Dolo Ado or whichever refugee camps have the greatest need.
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