WHO and Somali Government roll out process to deliver quality health services to all Somalis

Participants at the UHC meeting in SomaliaParticipants at the UHC meeting in SomaliaWork begins to develop a roadmap to attain universal health coverage in Somalia

In a country where around three quarters of the population lives under US$2 per day, financial hardship is one of the key reasons why Somalis do not access or seek health services. Somalia also falls far below the minimum global expectation of doctor/patient ratio. Currently, there are only four doctors, nurses or midwives for every 10 000 people in Somalia. In addition, one out of every 12 women dies due to causes related to pregnancy, and 1 out of every 7 Somali children dies under the age of 5.

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WHO takes strides to eliminate measles and rubella in Somalia

29 May 2018 – Key stakeholders joined hands to draft a 5-year plan to reduce the incidence and mortality of measles and rubella in Somalia at a 3-day planning workshop convened...

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Nationwide measles immunization campaign launched in Somalia

18 November 2015 – A nationwide measles vaccination campaign has been launched in Somalia, aiming to reach 4.4 million children aged between 9 months and 10 years. Vaccinations will be provided through...

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In focus

Situation reports on Horn of Africa outbreak response

Situation update No new human cases of cVDPV types 2 or 3 have been reported in the Horn of Africa since the previous situation report. The total remains 12 cases of...

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Key updates, 4 December 2018 No new human cases reported this week. The total number of cases remains 12: five cVDPV2 cases, six cVDPV3 cases, and one case with cVDPV2 and...

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)12 316
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 732
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 55

Source: Country statistical profiles 2017

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