Improving Health Care for Women and Children in Somalia

Bettering Health Care, One Community at a Time

In Mogadishu, Somalia’s most populated city, Islamic Relief USA recently completed a project that focused on providing long-term and quality health care to primarily women and children in vulnerable communities.

Serving nearly 30,000 people, this project improved health care facilities in the Balcad and Bondhere districts. The implementation of this project was completed in spring 2018, but the benefits will withstand for years to come.

The project’s main components included improving access to primary health care by improving the hygenic levels and operating standards of various health facilities, along with incorporating solar electricity, thereby enhancing working conditions.

The health clinics also received immunization kits to improve immunity in children—specifically young children who stand among the most vulnerable to diseases and health issues. So far, health workers immunized over 3,500 children under the age of 5, protecting them from life-threatening diseases like measles.

In addition, health education sessions were carried out in schools, homes, and nearby villages, along with immunization campaigns supported by UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

What this Means for Fatuma and Her Family

Fatuma Ali and her family have greatly benefited from this project. Fatuma echoes that health care is a major challenge for many in her area, Her family was struggling to make ends meet, and access to quality health services was a luxury they were seldom able to afford.

When one of her children would complain of headaches, she had to walk over six miles to the nearest pharmacy, where they would receive costly treatment that did very little.
Now, Fatuma and her family are able to receive quality and accessible treatment at a clinic near them. She extends her deepest gratitude to the donors at Islamic Relief USA, whose support helped make this possible.

Fatuma echoes a sentiment that comes from the hearts of the many served by this project. With sincere gratitude, she says, “Thank God to this organization, and to everyone involved.”