IQ Research Journal-Open Access-ISSN:2790-4296

Prevalence Of Skin Infections Among Residents Of Badbaado IDP Camp In Mogadishu – Somalia.



Abubakar Omar Abdi, Atanga Desmond Funwie, Kelly Kesten Manyi Nkeh, Tchifam Berthe, Aimé Césaire Velinga Ndolok, Etienne

Mana Nouhou. Paper Title:

Prevalence Of Skin Infections Among Residents Of Badbaado IDP Camp In Mogadishu – Somalia.
IQ Research Journal of IQ res. j. (2024)3(03): pp 01-08. Vol. 003, Issue 03 03-2024, pp.0000-0000


Background: Skin infections are a significant health concern worldwide, particularly in vulnerable populations residing in humanitarian settings. Badbaado Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, located in Somalia, is home to thousands of individuals facing numerous challenges, including limited access to healthcare, poor sanitation, and overcrowding. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of skin infections among the residents of Badbaado IDP Camp and understand the associated factors and awareness levels regarding prevention and treatment.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey involving 323 residents was conducted within the camp. Data collection methods included physical examinations, structured questionnaires, and laboratory testing. Demographic characteristics, prevalence of skin infections, awareness of prevention and treatment methods, and healthcare and sanitation conditions were assessed.

Results: The study revealed a balanced gender distribution (Male: 45%, Female: 55%) across various age groups. A significant proportion of respondents reported experiencing skin infections (60%), with fungal infections being the most common (45%). Awareness of prevention methods was reported by 75% of participants, and 70% were aware of treatment options. Access to clean drinking water was available to 65% of respondents, but sanitation facilities were perceived as fair (50%) or poor (30%). Overcrowding was a concern for 70% of the population, and 55% faced difficulties accessing healthcare services.

Conclusion: The study underscores the substantial burden of skin infections in Badbaado IDP Camp and the need for targeted interventions. Improving access to clean water, sanitation, and healthcare services is essential. Health education programs should enhance awareness of skin infection prevention and treatment. Collaborative efforts are critical to ensuring the well-being of displaced populations in similar humanitarian settings.