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1 December 2021

How Somali Health and Demographic Survey (SHDS) data led to academic success: a case of Puntland

Anisa Anisa and Mohamed work at the Ministry of Planning, Economic Development and international cooperation (MOPEDIC) in Garowe, Puntland. Having both graduated with Bachelor degrees in... Read more

30 November 2021

UNFPA in Support of the Somalia National Population and Housing Census

As Somalia makes a political and economic transition, credible and timely official statistical information on population, social, economic, and environmental conditions will play a fundamental role... Read more

28 October 2021

The 9th Fistula Repair Campaign in Somalia is off to a great start

Women camping outside of the DayNile Hospital in Mogadishu, waiting to receive treatment, on 25 October, 2021. Photo by PAC On 16 October 2021, the 9th Obstetric Fistula Repair Campaign kicked off... Read more

28 October 2021
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UFPA-supported hotline in Hargeisa improves reporting of Gender-Based Violence

In 2019, UNFPA carried out a rapid assessment across Somaliland, focusing on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The assessment revealed an increase in the use of GBV... Read more

10 October 2021

On World Mental Health Day, Ifrah Ahmed calls for ending FGM

Today marks World Mental Health Day. As stated by the World Health Organization (WHO), the overall objective of this day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize... Read more

6 October 2021
Fighting FGM through sports

A tribute to Puntland for bold actions to eliminate Female Genital Mutilation

Despite interventions and investments put in place to accelerate change towards reducing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the prevalence remains unchanged in Puntland. The Puntland Health and... Read more

30 September 2021

Dear Daughter Campaign - new and innovative approach to end FGM in Somalia

Ifrah Ahmed, a Somali-Irish social activist and a survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM), is at the forefront, pushing a radically different approach in a national campaign to end FGM in Somalia... Read more

27 September 2021

Hope for fistula survivors in Somaliland

Rahma (not her real name) lived as a happily married woman with her family in the Togdheer region of Somaliland. When it was time for her to deliver her first child, she faced an obstructed labour,... Read more

18 September 2021

Need to invest in midwives for safe maternal and newborn care

This year’s theme for World Patient Safety Day, on 17 September, is “safe maternal and newborn care”, aiming to encourage stakeholders to act for safe and respectful childbirth. According to Ms.... Read more

7 September 2021

Somali youth shaping the future of peace building in Dobley

Ismail* and Jamal* from Dobley, Somalia, are close friends. They both used to be gang members, a common practice by young men in some parts of the country. “We used to be low-level gangsters,... Read more