The Mobile Hospital
The Mobile Hospital is TARGET's first large project. It is
thanks to the people of Afar, because they were the first
to declare female genital mutilation as a sin and embedded
this in the rule of law.
A Mobile Hospital for the people in the desert. Where there
are no doctors. Where it is hot - up to more than 50 degrees.
Where luxury means being full.
A Mobile Hospital, because most of the Afar do not have fixed
abodes. The 1.6 million Afar are mostly nomadic; you have
to go looking for them. Their land is big: 800 kilometres
from north to south. Therefore, a fixed location is less helpful
than a mobile one.
The Unimog, a DaimlerChrysler donation, a Toyota four-by-four
and tents form the basis.
The area of use:
The Danakil desert in Afar, East Ethiopia.
A German doctor, an Ethiopian nurse, an interpreter. They
often have to help under the most difficult of circumstances
with simple possibilities. The most important pieces of equipment
are experience and improvisation, together with tenacity and
a large, friendly heart.
To provide help for the affected girls and women. To educate
about the harmful effects of genital mutilation. Everyone
is treated according to the given possibilities - children,
women, men. Health care, hygiene lessons, even using soap
must be demonstrated.
Further protection for girls at risk as a consequence of the the Cairo Conference:
The Afar impose harsh penalties on Female Genital Mutilation
In July 2007, the Afar introduced exemplary tribal legal sentences following the decision against Female Genital Mutilation of the Scholars Conference in Cairo in November 2006.
Stephanie Mittmann (41 †), our former doctor:
"It is extremely demanding to work here. However,
I have found fulfilment as a doctor working here with
the Afar. I work completely independently, am confronted
will all types of illnesses and live with these endearing
people. The Afar are a marvellous people and my time
here is the most wonderful of my life."