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Somalia

Since returning to Somalia in 2017, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has steadily increased support to health facilities in different areas around the country.

Key medical figures:

  • 86,600 outpatient consultations
  • 1,540 children treated in outpatient feeding programmes
  • 690 births assisted, including 110 caesarean section

After an absence of almost four years due to extreme attacks on its staff, our aim is to ensure that people have access to medical care in areas where needs are critical and the security conditions allow us to operate. 

We continued to support nutrition, paediatrics and emergency services at Mudug regional hospital in North Galkayo in 2018, and also provided humanitarian assistance in displacement camps in Galkayo.

 In May, we started supporting Bay regional hospital in Baidoa, a referral facility for the entire South West State, to address the health needs of women and children. Maternal mortality and the number of stillbirths remain high in the region, in large part due to women presenting late with complications in pregnancy.

By the end of 2018, our team in Baidoa had assisted 690 births, including 110 caesarean sections. Our support will be extended to the hospital’s paediatric services, as well as running community health education and awareness-raising sessions, health surveillance activities and hospital referrals.

In addition to these longer-term projects, we carried out numerous ad hoc interventions across Somalia in 2018, sending teams to provide nutritional care in Doolow and Dhusamareeb, support paediatric healthcare and prepare for disease outbreaks in Dhobley, Bardhere and Garbaharey, Jubaland State. In collaboration with local agencies, MSF also conducted cataract surgery camps in Erigavo, Las Anod, Buhodle, Galkayo, Baidoa and Bardhere.

Somalia: MSF strives to provide medical care to communities in need

International medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) first began providing medical care to Somali communities across the region in the 1970s, in response to conflicts, climate disasters and outbreaks of disease. Since then national governments have changed, and the political and security landscape has evolved, but our commitment to access and assist people in need, wherever they are, has remained steadfast.

In 2013, MSF had to withdraw its teams from Somalia following a series of violent attacks against our staff. Four years after taking that difficult decision, in May 2017, MSF gradually began opening new projects to provide medical care in Galkayo, Baidoa and parts of Jubaland state. In 2019, our teams opened medical projects in Hargeisa and Las Anod, in Somaliland, and launched an emergency intervention in Beledweyne after floods severely affected the area.

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