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UNFPA Somalia's Preparedness and Response to COVID-19

Effective and coordinated clinical and public health services, as well as community engagement and mobilization, are key to an epidemic response. Sexual and reproductive health is a significant public health issue, including in epidemics and UNFPA Somalia is working closely with the Federal Ministry of Health and Human Services as part of the UN-wide coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the accessibility and availability of health services as well as gender-based violence services. Collaboration and partnership with WHO in supporting the Ministry of Health and relevant line ministries is key to ensuring that accurate information is provided to women of reproductive age and pregnant women on infection precautions, potential risks and how to seek timely medical care. Also UNFPA is working with its implementing partners across the country to ensure SRH and GBV services are available for communities and specifically to women, adolescents girls and youth while ensuring delivery modalities seeking to reduce infection risks.