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Graduation of midwives in Puntland

The graduation at Haji Abdi Midwifery School comes after another group of 20 midwives graduated from Bosaso University of Health Sciences on 20 February 2017 bringing the total number of graduates from UNFPA-supported midwifery training programme in Puntland to 40 in this year alone. - See more at: http://somalia.unfpa.org/news/more-midwives-graduate-puntland#sthash.RqC...

The graduation at Haji Abdi Midwifery School comes after another group of 20 midwives graduated from Bosaso University of Health Sciences on 20 February 2017 bringing the total number of graduates from UNFPA-supported midwifery training programme in Puntland to 40 in this year alone.

The graduation at Haji Abdi Midwifery School comes after another group of 20 midwives graduated from Bosaso University of Health Sciences on 20 February 2017 bringing the total number of graduates from UNFPA-supported midwifery training programme in Puntland to 40 in this year alone.

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Joint UNFPA/UNICEF FGM programme in Somalia

UNFPA, jointly with UNICEF, leads the largest global programme to accelerate the abandonment of FGM. The programme currently focuses on 17 African countries and also supports regional and global initiatives.

In Somalia, UNFPA and UNICEF are working on accelerating the abandonment of FGM under the joint programme.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a practice that involves altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons, and it is internationally recognized as a human rights violation. Globally, it is estimated that 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. Although FGM in declining in the majority of countries where it is prevalent, most of these are also experiencing a high rate of population growth – meaning that the number of girls who undergo FGM will continue to grow if efforts are not significantly scaled up.

To promote the abandonment of FGM, coordinated and systematic efforts are needed, and they must engage whole communities and focus on human rights and gender equality. They must also address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences.

 

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UN in Somalia

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Today, on #UNDay, we would like to show you our work from a different perspective, from the UN #Somalia perspective.

The United Nations is the largest aid organization working inside Somalia today with about 1800 staff on the ground saving lives, promoting peace, helping long-term development, ensuring human rights, and much more. Carrying out this broad range of work in a unique environment such as Somalia comes at significant costs, not just financial but also for example human costs.

Despite the major challenges, we are here to stay and continue to work with and for Somalis to ensure a brighter and more sustainable future.

Happy #UNDay2016!

 

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Thank you

Because everyone counts

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Health System Strengthening for Somalia

Across Somalia, every day approximately 10 women and babies die due to maternal health complications. To reduce the high maternal and child mortality and morbidity in Somalia, the Japanese government has been supporting UNFPA’s Health System Strengthening Project since April 2015.

The project provides assistance towards the improvement of maternal and child health facilities, hospitals and outreach clinics serving Internally Displaced Persons, the hard to reach and nomadic populations in Somalia.

The key activities of this project include provision of sexual and reproductive health services, lifesaving drugs, supplies and equipment and capacity building in clinical and management skills for health professionals both at the service delivery point and the ministries of health.

As a result of this project:

* Ciyow Midwifery Training Institute has been established. 33 students are currently enrolled.

*103,012 women and men of reproductive age were reached with birth spacing information in health facilities and outreach services. 4,639 women made an informed decision to use modern contraceptives.

* A total of 16,669 deliveries took place in health facilities with skilled birth attendants. 664 deliveries were successfully conducted through life-saving caesarean sections.

* A total of 211 obstetric fistula cases from more than 10 regions in Somalia were identified and successfully repaired through fistula campaigns in 2015,

* Three ambulances have been purchased and donated to the ministries of health to strengthen referral systems for emergency obstetric cases.

 

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UNFPA’s Health System Strengthening Project in Somalia
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Sexual Violence in Somalia: Challenging Impunity

Sexual Violence in Somalia: Challenging Impunity is a short film about the widespread and increasing levels sexual violence in Somalia, and what can be done to stop it. UNFPA is partnering with other UN agencies and NGOs to fight sexual violence in Somalia.

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Sustainable Development Goals Explained

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Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, talks about what role governments and civil society can play to help the world achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3, which calls for good health and well-being.

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