internally displaced people in Somalia
in 12 women die from pregnancy related causes
of women are victims of female genital mutilation between the ages of 4 and 11years old
After 20 years of civil wars and political instability, Somalia remains a conflict zone. As fighting is now concentrated in the south of the country, civilians are taking refuge in the north, particularly in the port city of Bosasso, in northern Puntland, a state in the far north of Somalia. It is also a transit point for Ethiopian, Somali and Eritrean migrants en route to the Arabian Peninsula. In 2016, several thousands of them went through Bosasso, where they stayed in temporary camps, which sometimes became semi-permanent. Many of them also took the opposite route, fleeing the fighting in Yemen and crossing the Gulf of Aden for Bosasso. The city had 60,000 IDPs in 2016.
For cultural reasons, but also because of lack of infrastructure, Somali women have very limited access to care and the country has a maternal mortality rate of 732 per 100,000 and an infant mortality rate of 82%. These rates are among the highest in the world. In fact, only one third of pregnancies are medically monitored, 49% of births take place at home, and less than 14% of women use family planning. Overall, both women and men lack awareness regarding sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence and the dramatic health consequences of female genital mutilation.
Doctors of the World has been working in Bosasso since 2011 on a primary healthcare programme and sexual and reproductive health for internally displaced people, migrants and host populations. Through a national partner, Integrated Services for Displaced Populations (ISDP), the association supports the Ministry of Health by assisting eight public health facilities and the Bosasso General Hospital maternity ward.
Doctors of the World provides essential medicines and suitable equipment. Our teams also support local health personnel on sexual and reproductive health issues and the management of gender-based violence.
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