According to UNICEF figures, infant mortality in Somalia is amongst the highest in the world, barely 30% of the population has access to clean water and only 13% of boys and 7% of girls attend school.
Despite these unsettled conditions, International Medical Corps has been operating in Somalia since 1991. Throughout the past two decades, we have implemented Primary Health Care, Nutrition, Emergency Feeding, Water/Sanitation/Hygiene (WASH) and Post Harvest Storage programmes in Somalia.
The worst drought to affect East Africa in 60 years causing rising food prices and wide scale crop failure coupled with instability caused by fighting between government forces and Al-Shabaab, an Islamist movement that controls large parts of the country have created one of the world’s most acute humanitarian emergencies in Somalia. 2011 saw famine declared in several regions of Somalia and millions of refugees have fled to neighbouring countries. Whilst the famine has now been brought under control, more than 2.3 million Somalis, almost a third of the population, are still in need of aid. International Medical Corps is responding to the drought and famine crisis with targeted emergency nutrition and WASH services in Somalia well as services in Somali refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya
In addition, we are training local hygiene workers to promote healthy hygiene practices like hand washing and household water treatment campaigns. In Somaliland, International Medical Corps with support from UNICEF is implementing an emergency nutrition programme in Sool and Sanaag regions to mitigate the effects of drought and improve the nutrition status of children under the age of 5.
In partnership with a Turkish NGO, we are providing primary and secondary health care at a hospital in Hodan District, Mogadishu; mobile clinic outreach services to underserved areas of Hodan District and training to both management and clinical local hospital and mobile clinic staff. The programme focuses heavily both on providing life-saving health services and building the capacity of health workers in Mogadishu to continue providing these services in the future.