Serbia: Mobile Medical Clinic
3,095 Health Consults in Obrenovac: Q2 2018
October 29, 2018
Dr. Dragana Marković, Miloš Macura, Mirko Rudić
Summary of Activities
- Provided 3,095 health consultations to refugees and migrants at Obrenovac Transit Center.
- Continued to support the Danish Refugees Council (DRC) with medicines and medical staff at Obrenovac Transit Centre. From April to June, DRC doctors performed 1,735 health consultations.
- Provided 1,829 health consultations to refugees and migrants located in Adaševci Transit Centre in Northern Serbia.
- Continued to provide medical services, translation, and interpretation services to refugees/migrants and acted as a cultural mediator between the target population and public institutions in Serbia.
- Transported, escorted, and referred 209 refugees and asylum seekers to primary, secondary, and tertiary medical care facilities in Belgrade.
- Continued to support the work of the Institute of Public Health of Serbia, the Ministry of Health, and other relevant Serbian health institutions and NGOs through various partnerships and projects.
Primary Medical Services
Daily Care Available
This reporting period, RMF provided primary healthcare services from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM, seven days a week. By providing a medical team consisting of two doctors, one cultural mediator/translator, and two drivers, up to 40 to 60 health consultations can be facilitated per shift, as well as referrals to secondary and tertiary care facilities.
A total of 3,095 health consultations were performed in the Obrenovac camp and the Belgrade city center in collaboration with partner organizations.
Transport and Escort Services
209 People Transported
RMF has continued to provide transportation and escort services in both Belgrade and Obrenovac from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM, seven days a week. During this three-month period, RMF referred and transported 209 people to medical care facilities in Belgrade.
Transportation and escort services to healthcare institutions continue to be a key challenge for the Ministry of Health and Commissariat for Refugees and Migration. RMF Serbia is the only organization at Obrenovac Transit Centre which is providing these services for refugees and migrants.
Participant in Health Meetings
RMF continued to participate in monthly health cluster meetings in Belgrade conducted by the Ministry of Health and supported by the World Health Organization and the heads of Serbian health centers. At the meetings, we assessed and discussed medical needs, priorities, and service gaps for this period as well as next year in an effort to build the capacity of health systems to respond to the refugees’ and migrants’ situations.
RMF provides primary healthcare and emergency triage services at our Obrenovac Transit Centre mobile medical clinic from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM, 5 days a week. The work is implemented by a medical team consisting of 1 to 2 doctors, 1 cultural mediator/translator, and 2 drivers. This ensures that emergency cases arriving at the clinic can immediately access referrals to secondary and tertiary care facilities. By providing primary healthcare services, referrals, and cultural mediation, RMF improves the wellbeing of refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers in Belgrade and Obrenovac.
- Improve the health status and overall wellbeing of refugees in Obrenovac Reception and Transit Centre and greater Belgrade.
- Provide medical and translation services to refugees and act as cultural mediators for them at public institutions in Serbia.
- Refer, transport, and escort refugees and asylum seekers to secondary and tertiary medical care facilities in Belgrade.
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Mansur Mangal, 24
Receives Medical Care for a Serious Illness
Mansur Mangal is a 24-year-old refugee from Afghanistan, currently residing at the Obrenovac Transit and Reception Center. Our team first met Mansur several months ago when he came to our mobile clinic to seek medical assistance. His health was in very poor condition, and it turned out that he had been infected with the hepatitis C virus during a dental procedure he had in Afghanistan several years ago.
The disease was never treated since he could not get medical help in his country. With the help of our medical team, he was hospitalized in Belgrade and diagnosed with severe cirrhosis of the liver. Mansur is currently on medication and under the constant medical supervision of our team. He is feeling much better now.
Adil Hassan, 21
Recovering from a Severe Fracture
Adil Hassan, 21 years old, fled Pakistan and was hit by a car on his way to Serbia. His lower leg was severely fractured. He had surgery, however, it was not done properly and he was unable to walk afterward. He arrived at Obrenovac Transition and Reception Center at the end of 2017. With the help of our team, he was finally hospitalized in March.
He had another surgery where an external fixator was properly inserted into his leg. Adil is still in recovery but is now able to walk with crutches. He is under the constant medical supervision of our team. The external fixation should be removed in September, and we are proud to say that he will make a full recovery.
Bashar Assaf, 28
Pursuing Dreams for Himself and His Family
Bashar Assaf, 28 years old, was born in Syria in the city of Homs, which has been under constant terrorist attacks for years. Bashar had to leave his whole family behind and flee the country in 2016. His father, mother, sister, and younger brother are still in Homs. Bashar studied banking and marketing in Syria. He somehow managed to cross the Turkish, Greek, and Macedonian borders and reach Serbia.
At the moment, Bashar lives in Obrenovac Transit Center. He is very concerned about the safety of his family and uses the computers in the Asylum Resource Center on a daily basis to connect with his loved ones. Bashar would very much like to go to the UK, where he is hoping to continue his studies and find a job so that he can support his family in Syria. His dream is to rebuild his family house in Homs which was destroyed in the bombing several years ago.