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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.

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What we do

Women & Children


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.


In 2016

We helped:

  • 28,309 pregnant women who benefited from ante natal consultations

  • 157,184 patients who had access to a general medical consultation

    4,365 deliveries were medically assisted

  • 11,344 children were vaccinated against tuberculosis and 8,300 children against measles

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