HEALTHCARE IN SOMALIA

With 11 Tuberculosis clinics set up in Somalia , Muslim Aid has taken further steps to ensure the disease is managed. MA Somalia are installing the Gene Expert MTB/RIF in one of the TB clinics in Mogadishu – a cartridge based automated diagnostic test that can identify mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) and resistance to rifampicin (RIF), a drug used to combat TB. In 2013, the Somalia Muslim Aid team also attended a TB review meeting in Kampala, Uganda, to discuss the issue of drug resistance to TB medication, which is on the increase.

Muslim Aid will take a leading role in minimising the risk of the disease spreading, by having a special site at the national TB hospital unit in Mogadishu. Staff members have also recently been trained by MA to deal with HIV screening and patient referrals.

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