Dispensary in Mkuyu Camp
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A team of Tanzanian and refugee medical staff is attending locals and refugees whom are turning up for medical treatment at the village dispensary. The 
coverage of beneficiaries is at an average of 1200 patients respectively per month. Qualified staffs like clinical officers, nurse midwife, health officers, nurses, a MCH officer and refugees attendants run the unit. 

The drug supply is improved after UNHCR decide to increase the funds on the item. The district Authority is providing the supplement and a number of staff. 

Major common diseases affecting people in the area are intestinal worms, malaria, pneumonia/UTI and diarrhea. They are the main causes of morbidity in the Village. HIV/AIDS cases are currently not diagnosed in the settlement. Severe medical cases are referred to Korogwe District Hospital and letter to Muhimbili National Hospital. A national organization (UMATI) dealing with 
urban caseload under UNHCR support is providing the necessary needs like medical expenses, meal and accommodation. 

Mental health program have also been established and developed where by through home based care medical service and technical advices making sure 
that the victims are taking the prescribed drugs. 

In addition, to out patient dispensary (OPD) for better health improvement of the local and refugee training through health education have been disseminated. Under MCH program the reproductive health department has been insisting on family planning and motherhood services. Followers on family planning program are still low. Both communities refugee and 
Tanzania are still practicing more home delivery compared to safe delivery at the dispensary. This is highly contributed by cultural believe of Somali refugee specifically. Another traditional method and a big 
drawback to the program is the habit of refugees to marry many wives and their reluctance to use family planning modern methods. Education is underway to discourage the cultural habit. In this community a woman is regarded as reproductive instrument a notion accelerated by forced, arranged and early marriage of women and girls. 

Another cultural factor contributing to mothers and girls health problems is brought by female gender mutilation behaviors. Through community development unit awareness raising campaign against the practice is 

Malnutrition rate especially to under-five is dealt accordingly as the organization has organized a feeding center in the village. Thus, highly protein and vitamins rich foods are provided to the victims however planned health education is also trained to the mothers whom attend at 
the center. 



(1) The dispensary is supplied with drugs form the Government and the supplement from UNHCR. This supply is a little bid less to in relation to the population. Received for medical service attention. 
(2) Health education campaign is disseminated by the medical staff and is by two thing namely and cultural believe on traditional medicine uses and illiteracy of both refugee and local people. 
(3) The Dispensary is only having one labor room, which is sometimes used for admission of patients. 


Through information campaign better service have started to be provided to refugee and local people at the village dispensary. 

The sector has been gradually reducing the number of referral cases to District and National Hospital. This was also contributed by measures of increasing drug supply to the village. Communicable diseases especially water 
born case are slowly reducing. This positive result is achieved form highly mass mobilization campaign aiming where by refugee are trained boiling water before put into use.