Silvia Fernández
Before patients go in to see the doctor, they are given an initial screening by health staff. Aiyetoro health centre, in Makoko area. With an estimated population of 18 million, Lagos is one of the largest cities in the world. Thousands of people live in slum areas, where conditions are unsanitary and basic infrastructure and services are lacking. If you are poor and live in the slums, getting to see a doctor can be difficult as, even in public hospitals, you have to pay for medical care. That is why MSF has decided to launch primary and reproductive healthcare projects in the slums of Makoko, Otto and Badia.
The Aiyetoro health centre (in Makoko) is open 24/7 for emergencies. From Monday to Friday, staff also provide primary healthcare and antenatal care from eight in the morning to seven at night. MSF is also planning to extend its work to three other areas of the city using mobile clinics. On 6 October, the first mobile clinic was held in the slum area of Otto. In Badia, MSF is working to reconstruct a small health post where medical activities will start before the end of the year. MSF is also building a small floating health centre on the lagoon in Makoko, where doctors will see patients twice a week.