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Fatuma Liban, a community mobilizer working in the fight against polio
11 October 2018 – Fatuma Liban is one of the many unsung heroes in Somalia’s quest to protect all its children from polio. For the past 16 years, the 50-year-old has worked tirelessly, raising awareness about polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

Story of Zakariya - High malnutrition rate continue to threat the lives of children, especially among the displaced
20 September 2018 - For days, little Zakariya Abdullahi, 2, had had high fever and been losing weight rapidly, right under the eyes of his mother. His family, like millions of other displaced people, struggled to make ends meet.

Somalia Commemorates World Breastfeeding Week 2018
Mogadishu, 2 August 2018 - 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..

Somalia commemorates World Breastfeeding Week 2018
Mogadishu, 1 August 2018 - The Minister of Health and Social Services, Hon. Fawzia Abikar Nur, on Wednesday 1st August, 2018 hosted an event to commemorate World Breastfeeding Week and to celebrate as Somalia continues to mark significant gains....

Measles vaccination campaign reaches the most vulnerable children affected by drought
7 June 2018 - One by one, four sisters — Naima, 7; Muna, 6; Sumaya, 3; and Rahma, 2 — walked up to the vaccinator, keeping their fear in check. In just a matter of seconds, each got a jab in the arm, and drops of vitamin A squeezed from a red capsule.

UNICEF-supported mobilizers persuade families to vaccinate children against polio
7 June 2018 - Although Somalia has been polio free since August 2014, when the last case of Wild Polio Virus was reported from Hobyo district in the central Mudug region, it remains at high risk of vaccine preventable disease outbreaks.

Families in Puntland benefit from improved health services thanks to Germany
2018 - Little Abdi Samad Saeed was born on a Tuesday evening – and is just 12 hours old. His mother Muhubo had all her five other children here at Gargaar health centre in Garowe which is funded by the German Government.

Poetry and songs support a nationwide vaccination campaign against measles
13 March 2018 - Before the campaign came to her neighbourhood, Hawa Ahmed Yarow, a mother from Bondhere district of Mogadishu, had never heard of a disease called measles. Her young children were never vaccinated against measles - or any other diseases.

Massive measles vaccination campaign underway in Somalia
12 March 2018 - A mass measles vaccination campaign targeting millions of children is underway this week in a bid to stem the current outbreak of the potentially deadly disease.

Fleeing drought, a mother is determined to keep her children alive
12 March 2018 - With three young children in tow, and no food or water, Nasri Mahmud Abdi walked 45 kilometres from her village near Afgooye, Lower Shabelle, to a camp for the internally displaced in KM 13 area on the outskirts of Mogadishu.

Children with severe malnutrition in northern Somalia find life-saving support at OFDA-supported Centre
February 2018 - Three year old Naruro was lying listlessly inside the family’s shelter made of sticks, plastic and sacks. Her family had moved to the dusty plain outside Garowe town a few months ago with thousands of others fleeing the terrible drought.

Mobile relief for children with severe acute malnutrition
28 February 2018 - Everyday, Maryan and her husband Sabriye wake up early to get themselves ready for work. They live with their five children in a camp for the displaced persons in the Afgooye Corridor outside Mogadishu, the capital.

A sachet of hope, a taste of recovery
28 February 2018 - At the outpatient nutrition centre run by UNICEF partner, SOYDA, Borile, 2, munches a sachet of a special paste that’s filled with nutrients and calories. By the contented look on his face it must taste good, as well.

Germany supports UNICEF work to prevent newborn deaths in Somalia
20 February 2018 - When Ubah Abdullahi went into labour five days ago in her makeshift shelter in central Somalia, she knew there was no chance of any midwife or doctor helping her out. Her family, along with thousands of others, fled their homes...

Somaliland communities use their phones to provide feedback on education, health and water services
February 2018 - Every month over 200 community members in Boroma receive a series of questions on their mobile phones about the quality of local education, health and water services.

Federal Ministry of Health with UNICEF support launched second round of polio immunization campaign
28 January 2018: The second round of the polio vaccination campaign targeting over 726,000 children up to five years of age in 28 districts in Banadir, Lower Shabelle and Middle Shabelle regions was launched by the Federal Health Ministry.

One million children in Puntland and 4.2 million nationwide vaccinated against measles
Mogadishu, 7 January 2018 - The Ministry of Health of the Federal Government of Somalia, in partnership with WHO and UNICEF, has today concluded a five-day national measles campaign, targeting 1 million children aged 6 months to 10 years in Puntland.

Somali journalists commit to spreading information about upcoming polio vaccination campaign
10 December 2017 – UNICEF held a briefing session in Mogadishu with journalists from 12 Somali media houses to update them and get their support to increase public awareness of upcoming polio vaccination campaign rounds.

Somalia begins polio vaccination campaign in Banadir and Lower and Middle Shabelle regions
Mogadishu, Somalia, 10 December 2017—The Federal Government of Somalia’s Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF today launched a focused three-day oral polio vaccination campaign targeting 726,699 children...

Video: UNICEF and DFID work together to save malnourished Somali children
2 November 2017 - The continuing drought in Somalia means that 6.2 million people need humanitarian support as children continue to suffer from malnutrition. In response UNICEF and partners have provided services to over 206,000 children...

Nutrition centre supported by the UK saves the lives of children hit by the continuing drought in Somalia
Baidoa, Somalia, October 2017 - Hundreds of children’s lives have been saved by a modest nutrition centre in the middle of dusty Baidoa town in southern Somalia. In the Centre, worried mothers sit quietly on mats, the babies strapped on their backs...

Improving health services for mothers and babies in Puntland
30 August 2017 – It’s early morning at Gambol Mother and Child Health Centre in Gaorwe, capital of Somalia’s Puntland State. Among the first arrivals is Ikran Mohamed, 20. This is her first pregnancy and she wants to stay on top of things.

German Government contributes 23 million Euro towards strengthening health systems in northeastern Somalia
Garowe, Puntland, 30 August 2017 - More than 2 million people in Puntland, northeastern Somalia, are due to benefit from improved health services with generous support from the development cooperation of the German government through KfW Development Bank.

UK Minister of State Rory Stewart visits UNICEF-supported stabilisation centre in Hargeisa
Hargeisa, 24 August 2017 - A delegation led by Rory Stewart, joint Minister of State at the DFID, and Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK, visited children at a UNICEF-supported hospital in Hargeisa.

'For every child in Somalia, peace’ - Mohamed Ali Hagi, Health Officer, UNICEF Somalia
19 August 2017 - Mohamed Ali Hagi is a UNICEF Health Officer based in Baidoa, Bay region in southern Somalia. A Somali national, he started his career with UNICEF in 2000, first as a consultant, and in 2004 became a staff member.

Launch of World Breastfeeding Week in Mogadishu
August 2017 - On 1 August 2017, UNICEF and its partners around the world are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Sustaining Breastfeeding Together’.

Community mobilizer is passionate about keeping Somaliland polio-free
10 August 2017 - Muhammad Hussain Yousaf is a community mobilizer working in Qulujeed area of Somaliland where he supports the anti-polio campaign in this remote, hard to reach area.

Three in ten mothers in Somalia exclusively breastfeed for the first six months
1 August 2017: As the World commemorates World Breastfeeding Week, a recent study has revealed that three in 10 mothers are exclusively breastfeeding their babies in the first six months.

Drought forces women and children to make perilous journey to camps for displaced
16 June 2017 –The prolonged drought in Somalia has led to over 740,000 people leaving their homes in desperate search of food and water – with the vast majority of them women and children.

Hundreds of thousands of children immunized against measles in outbreak hotspots in Somalia
May 2017 - Two-year-old Absalah lets out a loud squeal just like any child his age would when getting a jab right on the arm. The sound tells not only the pain he is going through but also his resentment towards the seemingly awful treatment.

UNICEF launches Preventive Measles Campaign vaccinating a quarter of a million children in Somaliland
April 2017 - Somaliland’s Health Ministry, supported by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation have launched a measles vaccination campaign to try to control the disease which has affected over 900 children this year.

UNICEF nutritionist Irene explains her dedication to curing Somali children suffering from malnutrition
April 2017 - Irene Obare is a nutrition specialist for UNICEF Somalia who is Kenyan by nationality. She has been working in South Central Somalia for four months now, including in and around the town of Baidoa.

DFID £20 million contribution helps UNICEF save children and mothers' lives in drought emergency
8 April 2017 – With the generous contribution from DFID - UK Department for International Development - UNICEF has been able to respond to the drought emergency which has left 6.2 million people, half of the population, in need of humanitarian assistance

Diarrhoea is preventable and easily treated but many families leave it too late
13 March 2017 - The ongoing drought in Somalia has focused the world’s attention on the possibility of another famine – but every year in Somalia, tens of thousands of children become seriously malnourished through an easily treatable illness – diarrhoea.

Call for Support: Appropriate Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies
3 March 2017 - The Somali nutrition cluster and its stakeholders are calling for support to enhance appropriate infant and young child feeding during this pre-famine/drought, and caution against the unnecessary use of breastmilk substitutes.

USAID Food for Peace helps UNICEF treat malnourished children with treatment
20 February 2017 - With nearly a million children expected to be suffering from acute malnutrition this year – UNICEF’s work has become critical.

Little Munasar suffers as his family move to escape the drought
17 February 2017- As our plane approached the gravel landing strip in Beletweyene, in central Somalia, I could see dried up river beds, shrivelled shrubs and parched land. And all too soon we saw the terrible effect the drought is having on children here.

US$2 million EU humanitarian aid funds helped UNICEF reach hundreds of thousands of Somalis with nutrition, WASH and child protection services
23 December 2016 – In 2016, UNICEF, through its implementing partners, treated nearly 100,000 Somali children suffering from malnutrition, and provided their mother with critical nutrition and hygiene education.

Video: EC Humanitarian Aid funding helps UNICEF save children from malnutrition in 2016
21 December 2016 - In 2016, ECHO – the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department, contributed US$2 million towards UNICEF’s work in nutrition, WASH and child protection.

Financial support from the German Government through KfW Development Bank enables UNICEF and partners to provide healthcare to one million Somalis
19 December 2016 – The German Development Bank (KfW) on behalf of the Government of Germany has announced a grant of 23,550,000 Euros (just over US$25.8 million) to provide healthcare to one million people in Somalia’s northern Puntland.

Mass measles vaccination campaign underway in southern Somalia
16 December 2016 - UNICEF and partners are aiming to vaccinate 54,000 children under 10 in Kismayo, southern Somalia following a serious outbreak of measles.

Community workers tackle child malnutrition at the grassroots
December 2016 – Village counsellors in Xidhinta village in west Somaliland have succeeded in a challenging task – to persuade mothers that the best way to ensure healthy babies is to only allow them breast milk in the first six months.

The baby in a plastic bag
16 November 2016 – Fifteen-day-old Faadumo lies quietly with her big, dark eyes wide open. Her tiny head and dainty fists rest on a nest of blankets, starting with a black shawl. A second one adorned with white dots is layered on top.

UNICEF to vaccinate over 50,000 children in Kismayo Somalia following measles outbreak
November 2016 - UNICEF is supporting a planned mass immunization campaign to vaccinate 54,000 children aged between nine months and ten years following a measles outbreak in Kismayo town. So far 352 measles cases have been recorded in Kismayo.

Measles outbreak challenges an already overwhelmed hospital in Kismayo
24 November 2016 – The cholera treatment centre at Kismayo General Hospital, the biggest hospital in Kismayo hadn’t had any patients since the last round of outbreak was brought under control. But lately it has again been inundated with patients.

UNICEF health centre in Puntland sees spike in malnourished children due to drought
9 November 2016 - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating, visited the UNICEF-supported Gambol Health Centre in Garowe, Puntland today where he met Puntland's Minister of Health, Dr. Abdinasir Osman Isse.

First training of Somali health ministry officials on monitoring and reporting back on aid projects
October 2016 - UNICEF organized the first ever training for Health Ministry staff from the Somali Federal Government and regional governments in South and Central Somalia on the key area of monitoring and reporting back about projects in the field.

Children living in camps for those forced to flee their homes suffer from life threatening malnutrition
20 October 2016: Mohamed Aden Haji Omar, does not stop crying as he is carefully weighed at a Health Centre at Hamar Jabjab district, south Mogadishu. He is severely malnourished and has medical complications.

UNICEF saves the lives of 50,000 children this year thanks to EU humanitarian funding and other partners
October 2016 – Seven month old Abdirahmani Ahmed Ali crawls past the queue at the health centre at full speed with his teenage mother, Fowsiya proudly following after him behind.

Nutrition services give toddler Ibrahmi a new lease of life
August 2016: When two year old Ibrahmi Abdi became sick and listless, his mother Tukaay Yunyow became worried but didn’t know what to do. They lived in Busley camp for internally displaced people in South West Somalia where living conditions are poor.

“Go out and end Polio!” – Students lend their support to polio eradication
April 2016 - On 5 April 2016, a group of more than 1000 school children from 23 primary and intermediate schools participated in the Polio National Immunization day walk to kick off the National Immunization Days campaign in Hargeisa, Somaliland.

Free mother and child health services launched with UNICEF’s support in Jubaland, Somalia
11 February 2016 - The Somali authorities with support from UNICEF have launched the Essential Package of Health Services providing free maternal and child health and nutrition services for over a quarter of a million people.

UNICEF and the EU
19 January 2016 – UNICEF Somalia and the EU has been working together to enable more than 34,000 Somali women to give birth in equipped, hygienic health facilities with skilled support – an increase of 400 percent from the previous attendance.

Joint Measles and Birth Registration Campaign provides 100,000 Somali children with birth certificates
January 2016 – For the first time Somali families were given the chance to vaccinate their children against measles and register them for a birth certificate at the same time.

UNICEF and the Global Fund fighting malaria together
December 2015 - In a dim makeshift tent, in Bossaso town, northeast Somalia, three-year-old Ayub Hassan lies on the floor, shivering with a high fever and vomiting. For the last three days, he has been battling with malaria.

Nearly 56,000 Somali children still suffering from severe acute malnutrition
December 2015 - In Somalia today – and every day there are nearly 56,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in need of urgent assistance mostly in the south and centre of the country.

Visiting Somalia’s displaced families – where the children suffer the most
December 2015 - With so much the world focused on war, terrorism and the plight of a seemingly endless stream of refugees, it is no surprise that Somalia has been forgotten.

School children spread the word about life saving vaccinations
November 2015 - One afternoon earlier this year the After School club at Arabsyo Gabilay primary school, Somaliland received three visitors keen to spread information about the importance of immunization.

Measles campaign launched in Somalia
15 November 2015 - The Somali authorities, with the support of UNICEF and WHO have launched a new measles campaign at the same time as a new polio vaccine – both aimed at saving the lives of Somali children.

Video: What does it take to End Polio for every child?
20 May 2015 - Somalia has been polio free for more than 9 months and UNICEF is supporting intensive Government efforts to keep it that way. Vaccination campaigns are ongoing to ensure no more children suffer from polio which can cause paralysis or death.

Published article: After Somalia's famine, hunger persists
1 May 2015 - At a hospital in Mogadishu's Yaqshid district, children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, worsened by stomach and chest infections, are receiving treatment that is likely saving their young lives.

Preventing and tackling child malnutrition close to home
April 2015 - One and half year old Ladan Mohamed Mahmoud gives a loud cry as he is placed in the spring scale with his legs dangling in the air. A health worker quickly notes down his weight before lifting him out and returning him to his mother.

A sachet of micronutrient powder a day boosts Somali children’s health and development
March 2015: Hasha Abdi Abdullahi was desperate. She was living in a makeshift camp for the displaced in Hargeisa with her seven children after being forced to leave her home, 50 kilometres away, because of drought.

Video: UNICEF works to save the lives of Somali mothers
16 February 2015 - For many Somali women – giving birth is a terrifying ordeal. Women usually given birth at home, without professional help, far from medical facilities that could save their lives.

A new maternity ward in Borama, Somaliland to help save the lives of mothers and their newborns
February 2015 - A new maternity wing at a hospital in Somaliland will mean that 130 mothers a month will be able to give birth more safely aided by health care professionals.

Japanese Government's support to Somali children
29 January 2015 - Somalia is one of the worst places in the world to be a child. One in every seven Somali children dies before their fifth birthday and tens of thousands are severely malnourished.

Communication for Development work on Polio in Puntland
January 2015 - In 2013 Somalia saw its first outbreak of polio in 6 years and a massive vaccination campaign followed mostly targeting children under five but also the under ten year olds and adults.

FAO, WHO & UNICEF join forces to fight against polio, measles and livestock diseases
17 December 2014 - Three UN agencies working in Somalia have combined efforts in a national vaccination campaign partly aimed at eradicating polio which causes lifelong paralysis or even death.

Somalia’s social mobilizers are key to the fight against polio
18 November 2014: Nearly two hundred people in Somalia – most of them children – have been affected by an outbreak of polio which began last year. However so far since 2014, there have been only five cases of polio, which causes paralysis and even death.

Agreement signed to decentralize health service delivery in Puntland
15 October 2014 – The Ministry of Health in Puntland has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Mayors of Bosasso, Garowe and Gardo Districts to decentralize health service delivery in Puntland.

New cold chain in Puntland to improve immunization services for children
10 October 2014 - UNICEF and the Puntland Ministry of Health inaugurated a brand new central cold chain and offices for the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), which will help to ensure that children in the region receive lifesaving vaccinations.

UNICEF uses emergency airlifts to save the lives of children in areas unreachable by road
15 September 2014 - Amid a changing security situation in Somalia, UNICEF and other UN agencies are using all means possible to bring life-saving supplies to families cut off from the outside world for months or years.

UN agencies overcome hurdles to visit remote Somalia to investigate polio outbreak
August 2014 - UN agencies in Somalia combined forces once again to help a joint UNICEF and WHO team to visit a remote district of Puntland in north east Somalia where four people have contracted polio this year.

Toddler in northern Somalia is paralysed by polio – one of four new cases this year
16 July 2014 –Two and half year old Asha Mohamed sits in her mother’s lap, playfully hiding her face behind her hands. She used to follow her mother, Anod Abdi Hassan, all round the house until she contracted polio earlier this year.

Somali mother walks for three days to find treatment for her severely malnourished toddler
7 July 2014 - When 18-month -old son Muhudin Sharrif began losing weight, vomiting and suffering from diahorrea, his mother Halimo Madey tried the only treatment available in the remote area of south central Somalia where they live.

Child Health Days reinforce routine immunization in Somalia
1 July 2014 - Every year thousands of children in Somalia die needlessly from preventable diseases – and the annual World Immunization Week aims to put a stop to that with social mobilizers persuading mothers to bring their children to be vaccinated.

Combating malnutrition in Somaliland
19 March 2014 – When two year old Yusuf Hashi was admitted to the nutrition Stabilization Centre at Hargeisa Hospital, Somaliland, he weighed just over eight kilogrammes – half the weight of a healthy toddler.

In Somaliland, volunteer vaccinators help contain the threat of polio
18 December 2013 – In May 2013, the first case of polio seen in Somalia in more than six years was announced in Mogadishu. Plans for mass vaccination campaigns were drawn up.

Maternal and Child Health
December 2013 - In keeping with tradition most Somali women still give birth at home without any skilled personnel with them. However in Somaliland, this is slowly changing thanks to a a three-year-long programme co-funded by the European Commission.

World Aids Day marked by sports, performances and awareness raising meetings in Somalia
1 December 2013 - Events to commemorate World AIDS Day 2013 were convened all over Somalia including sports activities, performances by local traditional dancers and singers and official receptions focusing on awareness raising.

Upgrades in care save the lives of mothers and newborns in Somalia
29 November 2013 – Layla Darhir groans. Midwife Foosiya Omer quickly shifts her full attention to the 28-year-old, who has been in labour for six hours.

Historic Somali Joint Health and Nutrition Programme signed
November 2013 - The Somali health authorities, along with three UN agencies and development partners, have renewed their resolve to work together to improve the health of mothers and children and to strengthen the Somalia Health Care System.

A major campaign to stop the spread of polio
14 August 2013 – The mother of 3-year-old Mohamed Seef Naasir never realized the importance of vaccinating her children against polio until it was too late. The family lives hand-to -mouth in a makeshift shelter in a camp in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Polio outbreak Response in Mogadishu
July 2013 - In May the first Polio outbreak in Somalia for 6 years was announced in Mogadishu. When it was found that two year old Najmo from Mogadishu had the wild polio virus, the Government, launched an emergency vaccination campaign.

Increasing numbers of children paralysed by polio in Somalia
9 July 2013 - Since the first tragic case of polio in Somalia for six years was discovered in the capital Mogadishu, nearly 50 children have suffered paralysis as a result of the virus. And that number is expected to rise.

Historic vaccine to save children's lives launched in Somalia
25 April 2013 - Six month old Abdul Wahab sleeps peacefully in his mother’s arms, unaware that that he has just become one of the first children in Somalia to be injected with the ground breaking, five- in- one Pentavalent vaccine.

Community-based approach addresses acute malnutrition in Somalia
12 February 2013 – The first year of Ubah Ismail’s life was difficult. At 5 months, she had pneumonia, followed by a severe intestinal upset that left her with diarrhoea for much of her sixth month.

UNICEF leads Child Health Days to stem the tide of preventable childhood diseases across Somalia
10 December 2012 – The journey to defeat the diseases that kill thousands of children every year in Somalia starts in the chilly light of dawn.

Months after famine conditions have ended, health centres across southern Somalia help children suffering from malnutrition
13 November 2012 – Ten-month-old Ifrah Mohamed Abdi was born as the first famine declared in more than 20 years in Africa held its grip on the village in which her family has lived for generations.

“My daughter died because I did not know about these things”: The tragic potential of poor hygiene in Somalia
GUGUH, Somaliland, 28 November 2011 - Amina, mother of seven, talks about how she came to know about the importance of hygiene practices.

Simple rules of hygiene help reduce malnutrition among Somali children
BOSSASO, Puntland, 28 Nov 2011 - Read about new initiative, supported by UNICEF, with UKaid funding, to improve basic hygiene and sanitation in Somalia’s family homes to reduce child illnesses and malnutrition.

Efforts to promote exclusive breastfeeding in Somalia- Q&A with a trained counsellor
HARGEISA, Northwest Somalia “Somaliland”, 20 September 2011 - Kultan Hussein, Somali Red Crescent Society national health officer, is a trained counsellor advising mothers how to keep their young children healthy. She spoke to Mike Pflanz.

Travelling clinics to help children in Somalia’s remotest areas stay healthy
DALOW, Northwest Somalia “Somaliland”, 20 September 2011 – Mobile outpatient clinics provide life-saving treatment to severely malnourished children in remote areas in Somalia.

UNICEF and Japan support better health for vulnerable children and women
BURAO, Northwest Somalia "Somaliland", 13 January 2011 - In a country where basic health care is scarce, UNICEF supports a nation-wide network of primary health facilities with essential drugs and vaccines.

The champions of change at the frontline of the battle against childhood malnutrition
HARGEISA, Northwest Somalia “Somaliland”, 20 December 2010 - Halima Awali shushed the crowd of boisterous children gathered around her and said, “I was there to bring almost all of these babies into the world” ...

Medical middlemen catch childhood malnutrition before it becomes life-threatening
HARGEISA, Northwest Somalia “Somaliland”, 20 December 2010 – Salman Haji stood solemnly watching the man in the white coat searching papers spread across the table in the tin-walled hut open to the morning breeze...

Field diary: More efforts needed to help Somali families survive and thrive
BOSSASO and GAROWE, Somalia, 1 September 2010 - UNICEF Chief of the Child Survival Programme in Somalia Dr. Osamu Kunii recently visited the country’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland and filed the following first-hand report...

Field diary: In Somalia's Boroma district, Child Health Days campaign is making strides
Boroma district, Somalia, 17 June 2010 - Communication Officer Iman Morooka from the UNICEF Somalia Support Centre sends the following firsthand report from a visit to north-western Somalia’s Boroma district, near the border with Ethiopia.

In remote communities, Child Health Days bring life-saving services to Somali women and children
BOROMA, Somalia, June 2010 – Among the many mothers who came with their children to the Child Health Days campaign site, Abdi Ibrahim was one of very few fathers to be seen. He came early in the morning with his 16-month-old daughter, Sahra...

Amidst fighting, Somali children receive life-saving health services in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU, Somalia, February 2010: Despite fighting that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people here, a large-scale Child Health Days campaign has succeeded in reaching children and women with high-impact health services in the Somali capital...

UNICEF programme expanded to fight widespread undernutrition in Somalia
HARGEISA, Somalia, 8 December 2009: In Somalia, more than 40 per cent of children exhibit signs of chronic nutritional deprivation. This can be a life-threatening condition if appropriate interventions are not provided...

Child Health Days reach displaced communities in Somalia’s Afgoye Corridor
NAIROBI, Kenya, 24 November, 2009: For the first time ever, a Child Health Days campaign has reached displaced children and women in Somalia’s Afgoye Corridor, a 30 km stretch of road west of Mogadishu that is the world’s most densely populated...

Second round of Child Health Days aims to boost child survival in Somalia.
GABILEY, Northwest Somalia, 3 September 2009: Building on the success of the six-month-long Child Health Days initiative that began late last year, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have kicked off the second round of a campaign...

UNICEF nutrition intervention in Somalia disrupted by looting
NEW YORK, USA, 13 August 2009: UNICEF has been forced to delay delivery of crucial nutritional supplies after looters targeted the warehouse of a UNICEF partner in the lower Juba region...

Life-saving nutrition interventions for vulnerable Somali children
EL-BERDE, Somalia, 24 June 2009: From early in the morning, the outpatient therapeutic centre (OTP) in El-Berde is crowded with women and their children seeking its services. The OTP is set up inside the town’s maternal and child health centre...

Somali Child Health Days go nationwide
April 2009: Child Health Days continue in various parts of Somalia with more children and women benefitting from health services...

Ready-to-use food distribution campaign for vulnerable children in Somalia
BOSSASO AND BERBERA, Somalia, 16 March 2009: At Buulo Mingis camp for the internally displaced people, located in Bossaso, northeast Somalia, children and their caregivers have gathered to receive rations of Plumpy’doz...

Child Health Days provide treatment in rural Somalia
January 2009: An account touching on Child Health Days and related information on beneficiaries from Northwest Somalia ("Somaliland') as a result of a campaign carried out in late 2008.

Food issues crucial as Somalia faces 'worst-case scenario'
August 2008: Malnutrition is one of the biggest challenges facing Somali children today, and according to an upcoming UN report, it could be getting worse...

Distributing a Life Saver - insecticide treated mosquito nets reduce child deaths in Somalia
November 2007: It was almost a year ago that Ahado Hassan lost her three year old daughter Hawa to malaria. She says she still dreams of her, laughing and playing in the water, and asks the doctor if it is normal for the mind to dream of those things...

UNICEF Provides Relief to Pregnant Mothers and Newborns in Somalia
November 2007: To look at her, you wouldn’t think that Amal and her newborn daughter came close to dying. But that’s exactly what happened when Amal, 18 and pregnant with her first child, braved scorching temperatures and traveled more than two days...

Volunteer-staffed health centre helps save lives in Baidoa, Somalia
October 2007: It didn’t take long for Hawa to notice that her sick, one-year-old son Saeed was not responding to traditional medicines. Her child was wasting away, his feet so bloated that it appeared they might burst. Hawa had to move quickly...

Nets help to fight malaria
March 2007: Somali people have known malaria for centuries, especially in the central and southern part of the country. In fact the Somali town of Buale is so named because of a condition associated with chronic malaria caused by an enlarged spleen...

Drought 2006 - Boy's long journey to treatment
February 2006: Shubeb Frow Hussein is just six years old. Feverish and malnourished, he travelled 180 km with his father from their village in Baidoa in southern Somalia to the Maternal and Child Health Clinic in Wajid town...





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