MARCH SUMMARY

by | Apr 9, 2020 | STEP-IN BLOG | 0 comments

DAWOODIA CLINIC:

 

GENERAL CONSULTATIONS PROVIDED

March was an especially busy month at the Dawoodia camp clinic, with our doctors seeing over 1,200 patients. However, the month also posed interesting barriers for our clinic and staff due to COVID-19 restrictions imposed on us and a general sense of uncertainty in the community. All of which were overcome with grace and grit.

The most common reasons for visits this month continued being hypertension, helminthiasis (worms), and type 2 diabetes. Patients continued to visit the clinic despite our adjusted hours and cooperated with our newly implemented measures to avoid crowds and gatherings at the clinic.

In response to the new coronavirus restrictions, our team also delivered chronic medications to patients’ caravans instead of having them collect from the clinic. Patients living outside the camp in surrounding villages were also able to bring their checkups to the camp entrance and pick up their medication as a specified time the following day.

Having recently completed an education and awareness campaign on influenza and coronavirus, we take comfort in knowing that the community members know that we are here for them and join them in the fight against the coronavirus.

– Brenda Hershey, Dawoodia Field Coordinator.

SERVICES AVAILABLE

NO. PROVIDED

CHILD MALNUTRITION SCREENINGS 72
PRENATAL CARE VISITS 63
MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTATIONS 176
ULTRASOUND INVESTIGATIONS 12
PHYSIOTHERAPY SESSIONS 28
CLINICAL LAB TESTS 614
MICROBIOLOGY LAB TESTS 63
PATIENTS VACCINATED (w/ WHO) 35

TOP DIAGNOSES

NO. OF DIAGNOSES

HYPERTENSION 263
HELMINTHIASIS (WORMS) 150
DIABETES 126
MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN 109
DYSLIPIDEMIA (BLOOD LIPIDS TOO HIGH) 72
CHRONIC HEART DISEASE 66
 DEPRESSION  59

MOBILE MEDICAL CLINIC:

 

GENERAL CONSULTATIONS PROVIDED

 

 

“Unfortunately, as a result of restrictions on mobile clinics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to suspend our activities in four locations – Balqosh, Gersheen, Shariya and Sina. Locations we previously traveled to in order to provide our patients with primary health care and physiotherapy sessions.

However, our persistent mobile medical team did not stay at home, on the contrary, our medical and non-medical personal from the mobile team joined forces with our team at Dawoodia. We continue to support them and reinforce their work on a daily basis. Nevertheless, we can happily inform you that during the first two weeks of March, when we were still able to reach the villages, almost 500 patients visited our doctors, 12 of whom received treatment from our mental health specialist and our physiotherapist saw a total of 24 patients. In the coming week we hope to implement further strategies to reach these patients during the coronavirus lockdown.”

– Martina Babikova, Field Coordinator for the Mobile Clinic.

 

 

SERVICES AVAILABLE

NO. PROVIDED

MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTATIONS 12
PHYSIOTHERAPY SESSIONS 85
CLINICAL LAB TESTS 454

MOST COMMON REASONS FOR VISIT

NO. OF VISITS

HYPERTENSION 160
DIABETES 105
MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN (NON-SPECIFIC) 61
DYSLIPIDEMIA 45
CHRONIC ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASES 33
DORSOPATHIES 32
COMMON COLD 28

ERBIL PHYSIOTHERAPY CENTRE:

 

“STEP-IN’s Physiotherapy Centre in Erbil was closed on the 11th of March as a part of a wider community effort to limit the spread of Coronavirus. As physiotherapy is inherently a hands-on treatment there is too great a risk for our physiotherapy staff and patients in regard to contracting the virus and potentially spreading it amongst our beneficiaries and their subsequent contacts in Erbil. Thus, for the greater good, we have suspended our services until further notice.”

– Ash Davies, Erbil Field Coordinator.

PROJECT COMPLETION:

“Providing Quality Healthcare to Displaced Iraqis”

Between the months of September 2019 and March 2020 STEP-IN successfully implemented it’s 6-month project “Providing Quality Healthcare to Displaced Iraqis”, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
This comprehensive project secured access to primary health care and a range of secondary healthcare services for both the displaced and host populations living in the Erbil and Duhok governorates of Iraq. Project objectives were met by our mobile medical team, visiting various locations in Dohuk governorate, our physiotherapy centre in the suburbs of Erbil, and the Dawoodia Camp clinic, which we are responsible for running.
The medical consultations we provided through this project were accompanied by the provision of a wide range of essential medicines and included securing comprehensive treatments for all our chronically ill patients. Laboratory investigations funded by this project included a wide range of clinical biochemical tests, allowing for precise diagnostics, and a range of antibiotic resistance tests performed in our microbiological laboratory. Boosting treatment efficiency for all infectious and bacterial diseases and targeting antibiotic misuse in the region.
Access to a variety of specialists was secured for those in need, including a gynaecologist, a psychiatrist and a psychosocial therapist, and an international team of physiotherapists. These medical services were complemented by nutrition screening and support, as well as outreach health education and monitoring campaigns performed by community health workers in the camp.
With the availability of such a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic measures, the specific needs of particular patients were identified and responded to with a great efficacy and precision. Creating more durable benefits for the individuals concerned, and, in extension, their families and their communities.
Thanks to this project 7887 patients accessed our comprehensive healthcare services free of charge. On top of that, a total of 1703 individuals benefited from specialised physiotherapy treatments and 645 individual psychiatric consultations or psychotherapy sessions were performed.
The project was implemented in partnership with two Polish partner organizations Club of Catholic Intelligentsia, and Solidarity Fund PL.