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Somalia: MSF Laments Attack on Medical Students' Graduation
December 4, 2009
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is deeply saddened by the recent attack during the graduation of medical students from Benadir University. Medical needs throughout Somalia are vast, and in many places made all the worse by high levels of violence and prolonged drought. In contrast, the provision of medical care is vastly insufficient and many people throughout the country suffer unnecessarily as a result of the lack of healthcare.
In 2008 alone, MSF teams provided 727,428 outpatient consultations, including 267,168 for children under five. Over 55,000 women received antenatal care consultations and more than 24,000 people were admitted as inpatients to MSF-supported hospitals and health clinics. There were 3,878 surgeries—1,249 cases were injuries due to violence. Medical teams treated 1,036 people suffering from the deadly neglected disease kala azar, more than 4,000 for malaria, and started 1,556 people on tuberculosis treatment. Nearly 35,000 people suffering from malnutrition were provided with food and medical care and 82,174 vaccinations were given.