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. One in every seven Somali children dies before their fifth birthday and tens of thousands are severely malnourished. In keeping with tradition most Somali women still give birth at home without any skilled personnel with them.
Humanitarian Action for Children 2019
Despite improvements in the food security situation in Somalia, humanitarian needs remain acute due to the continued conflict and repeated climatic shocks. An estimated 4.2 million people, including 2.6 million internally displaced persons and 2.5 million children, require humanitarian assistance.
The nutrition situation remains serious, with 1.5 million people projected to require emergency nutrition support in 2019.
Of these, 954,000 children under 5 years will suffer from malnutrition, including 173,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition (SAM).3 Across the country, 3 million people require access to emergency health services and 2.9 million people require water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) support.4 Recurrent disease outbreaks—including of acute watery diarrhoea/cholera and measles—represent a major threat to children. Of the 4.9 million school-aged children in Somalia, an estimated 3 million, or more than 60 per cent, are out of school.