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Project ID:00076057Description:CHF Somalia HEALTH/WHO Mat&Neo
Somalia Humanitarian Fund
Start Date *: 13 Aug 2010
End Date*: 16 Jul 2011
Country: Somalia Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   WHO - World Health Organization

CHF-DMA-0489-031 "Reducing maternal and neonatal deaths and disabilities through provision of quality emergency obstetric care (CemOC) and essential reproductive health (RH) services  including obstetric complications in  six priority regions of Somalia focusing on conflict-affected population" - 671,850$

Mothers in Somalia suffer from alarming levels of death and disease. The estimated maternal mortality ratio is very high (1044-1400 /100 000 live births). Mothers die due to lack of access to emergency obstetric care for timely treatment of the main complications of childbirth: haemorrhage, obstructed labour, eclampsia and infection. The gravity of the situation is revealed when one considers that a woman has a one in 10 chance of dying due to pregnancy or childbirth in the course of her life. Perinatal mortality is estimated at 81; neonatal deaths are believed to account for more than half of these. The high Perinatal mortality in Somalia is mainly due to suboptimal pregnancy and birth care and conditions, resulting in low birth weight, premature births and birth injuries. 2009 has brought about new and pressing needs particularly in South Central Somalia where displacement and unrest have further disrupted health services, displacing communities and restricted access to the already limited maternal health services.

Objective: Improve access to and availability of CEmOC and skilled birth attendance and other essential RH services for displaced and host population in the six regions of Somalia in light of very high rates of maternal mortality (1,400 per 100,000 live births) WHO statistics (MICS2006).  Current WHO/UNFPA/UNICEF and ADD standards demand 5 functioning EmOC (including 1 comprehensive EMoC) per 500 000 population.


  • Improved access to and availability of life-saving EmOC and skilled birth attendance and other reproductive health services in the 6 regions included for conflict-affected communities through at least 1 functioning EmOC facility per region.
  • Reduced maternal morbidity and mortality among internally displaced and host communities through improved accessibility and utilisation of quality RH services for the treatment and management of complications during childbirth and pregnancy.
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