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UK Minister of State Rory Stewart visits UNICEF-supported stabilisation centre in Hargeisa

UNICEF Somalia/2017/HornConnect
© UNICEF Somalia/2017/HornConnect
Foreground: Dr. Shahid Mahbub Awan (left), UNICEF Nutrition Specialist, explains to Minister Stewart UNICEF’s support to the centre.

Hargeisa, 24 August 2017 - A delegation led by Rory Stewart, joint Minister of State at the Department for International Development (DFID), and Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the United Kingdom, visited children at a UNICEF-supported hospital in Hargeisa to see first-hand the UK government’s support to the drought emergency.

The Minister visited the stabilization centre, the only stabilization centre for treatment of severely malnourished under-five children with medical complications in Hargeisa city. It was established in November 2008 with UNICEF support.

“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to UNICEF especially and of course Somaliland Ministry of Health,” said Minister Stewart. “These babies are among the most vulnerable, innocent victims of this drought. UNICEF is responding to the crisis by making sure that malnourished children are brought into this facility early enough, and granted professional medical support. We are proud of and grateful to UNICEF.”

UNICEF Somalia/2017/HornConnect
© UNICEF Somalia/2017/HornConnect
A mother and child at the stabilization centre in Hargeisa Group Hospital, Hargeisa.

Shahid Mahbud Awan, UNICEF Nutrition Specialist who took the team through the facilities explained that 2017 has been a difficult year for children. Since the beginning of the year until the end of July, UNICEF – through facilities like this – has provided treatment to more malnourished children in Somaliland than the entire number of children treated in 2016.

The Minister stated that the UK will continue to support such efforts led by UNICEF and partners to alleviate the suffering of vulnerable communities affected by the crisis.

 

 
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