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Ravaged by war and famine

Decades of conflict|1.1 million homeless|Disease

Decades of conflict, political instability and famine have left Somalia one of the poorest, most dangerous places on earth. The country has not had a formal parliament since 1991. Ravaged by war and famine, almost a third of Somalia’s population is in urgent need of life-saving assistance.

According to UN figures, 147 out of every 1000 children born in Somalia die before their 5th birthday, among one of the highest mortality rates in the world. In addition, less than a third of the population have access to clean water and 39 per cent to sanitation, which is closely related to the high rates of disease in the country leading to diarrhoea and malnutrition.

There are currently over 1.1 million internally displaced people in Somalia and over 1 million living as refugees in other countries.

Primary health care: International Medical Corps has been working in Somalia since 1991, providing primary health care, food, mother and child health care, clean water and sanitation projects. We provide routine and emergency health care to thousands of Somalis each week through our network of primary health care clinics and mobile medical clinics around Mogadishu.

Vaccinations & disease: We have reached nearly 800,000 people since 2005 with malaria prevention and treatment projects. Our teams also build local capacity through training and education of local health workers.

Clean water & sanitation: We integrate clean water and sanitation into our health care projects to prevent the spread of water related illnesses. This includes rebuilding wells to provide safe water to vulnerable communities and running community education projects to teach basic skills, such as hand washing and food preparation, which can prevent the spread of diseases.

Explore Somalia

Our impact and work

"We eat only once a day"

"We eat only once a day"

"We eat only once a day"

An aid worker’s blog from Beledweyne, Somalia

Providing lifesaving healthcare to vulnerable families in drought-hit Somalia

Providing lifesaving healthcare to vulnerable families in drought-hit Somalia

Providing lifesaving healthcare to vulnerable families in drought-hit Somalia

Bisharo's Story

Saving lives in Somalia

Saving lives in Somalia

Saving lives in Somalia

Hakimo’s story

"There is still hope out there"

"There is still hope out there"

"There is still hope out there"

Treating malnutrition amongst young children in Somalia

"What we have seen is hard to believe"

"What we have seen is hard to believe"

"What we have seen is hard to believe"

A blog from aid worker in Baidoa, Somalia

Famine

Famine in East Africa

Famine in East Africa

Famine in East Africa

Millions of people in South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and around the world are on the brink of starvation right now.


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