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Somalia commemorates World Breastfeeding Week 2018

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Speaking during a well-attended world breastfeeding week event held in Mogadishu yesterday, The Minister of Health and Social Services of the Federal Government of Somalia, Hon. Fawzia Abikar Nur said, “Exclusive breastfeeding is important and has substantial health benefits for both the mother and the new born baby. I would like to encourage Somali mothers to help their babies grow properly and maintain best breastfeeding practices during times when new born babies are in much need for breast milk.”

“It is a moral responsibility for every mother to understand the health benefits of breastfeeding and that new babies have a right to be breastfed. Therefore, let us correctly and adequately breastfeed our new born babies, " the Minister added.

UNICEF Somalia Annual Report 2017

UNICEF Somalia Annual report 2017

The devastating 2017 drought was felt throughout Somalia, and UNICEF scaled up its operations to mitigate the worst effects. As both the Gu (April/May) and the Deyr (November/December) rains failed, we saw animals die, crops fail and a huge exodus of people from their homes to makeshift camps in desperate search of assistance.

The drought led to a major outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea/cholera, while measles cases soared in the overcrowded camps. Children already weak from hunger succumbed to sickness and over a million became malnourished.

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