Walk-in clinic in the front lines of war
Since October, Frontier Alliance International (FAI) Relief has worked during the liberation of Mosul and its nearby, ISIS-held villages. Our work on the ground has included providing medical care for wounded soldiers and civilians, setting up a Casualty Collection Point (CCP) and ambulance services during the first phase of the Offensive.
Recently, we have set up and developed a walk-in clinic and base of operations in Bashiqa, a town just 6km from Mosul. With the location just set free from ISIS control, it is one of the only medical facilities in the immediate area. Such a strategic spot has allowed us to extend medical care, not only to those in town, but also to the front lines – responding to the needs of internally displaced person’s (IDP’s) crossing from Mosul.
Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation (BHHF) sought our team out there, to assist in the provision of medicine and medical supplies to hundreds of incoming families. Many of these IDP’s have not had access to medical care for months, making their needs broad and varied, but the boxes BHHF brought in have a great range of medicine and tools within them.
They are also compact, mobile and easy to use, making the packages an incredible asset to our team as we work in both established medical facilities and field response required for aid situations.
The benefits of having a compact collection of medicine like this are numerous. With these on-hand, we can provide general healthcare for a group of IDP’s and can treat a wide variety of cases that come up in aid situations like this. The list included in each medical box even provides necessary information like expiry dates, as well as generic and brand names of medications – allowing medical professionals from anywhere in the world to work on a universal platform.
Because we have seen such success using these boxes, the FAI team and I would encourage partners that have developed the extraordinary packages to continue pioneering a similar concept for wound care! It could contain items like: bandages, wrappings, gauze, tape, scissors, forceps, kidney dishes, antibiotic ointments and other topical, hydrogen peroxide, etc. There are many more things we could add to the list, and I would be happy to help with putting suggestions together.
Having been involved on the frontline of crisis situations for the past 15 months, I believe targeting a variety of medical needs with a well-constructed box of medical supplies is the new way to efficiently respond to displaced person situations, famine and natural disasters.
The concept is fantastic and, with the success our team has seen, is asking for further development to fullest potential and reach. Infant care boxes, wound care boxes, essential drugs boxes (like we’ve received from BHHF), malnutrition & dehydration boxes – the options are endless and waiting to be explored!