Somalia: Birth Spacing to be Used to Save Women from Dying in Childbirth and Improve Lives

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Wednesday July 12, 2017 - 06:28:45 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somalia: Birth Spacing to be Used to Save Women from Dying in Childbirth and Improve Lives

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — As a major international summit on modern child spacing was held in London on Tuesday, a parallel event was held in Mogadishu where Somali Government officials and local and international partners discussed pr

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A satellite event held at British Embassy Mogadishu, bringing together representatives from the Federal Government, UN partners and local and INGOs. | Photo BEM.
MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — As a major international summit on modern child spacing was held in London on Tuesday, a parallel event was held in Mogadishu where Somali Government officials and local and international partners discussed preventing maternal deaths. Somalia has been defined by some as one of the worst places to be a woman. Maternal mortality ratio stands at above 850/100,000 live births according to latest UNICEF, World Health Organization and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates, with one out of every 12 women dying due to pregnancy related causes. One out of every ten Somali children dies before seeing their first birthday.
At the summit in London, The UK announced a package of global support for modern birth spacing. In Somalia, UKaid launched an additional £89 million five-year Health and Nutrition programme in 2016, which provides support on reproductive, maternal, new-born and child health and nutrition.
"The UK is proud to be the largest bilateral donor to the health sector in Somalia. In 2015 I know that Somalia took a bold step to become 1 of 38 countries to make commitments to the FP2020 partnership." said UK’s Deputy Ambassador to Somalia Mary Shockledge during the event in Mogadishu.
The five-year package channeled through Somali Health and Nutrition programme (SHINE) will run until 2021. Over the next 4 years it will provide approximately 200,000 pregnant women with access to antenatal services and delivery with the assistance of a skilled birth attendant. It will also result in the distribution of more than 200,000 modern methods of family planning in Somalia, increasing access to birth spacing services to 39,000 women and girls.
In addition to the SHINE programme, the UK has funded a number of other programmes in Somalia which, since 2010, have resulted in: 80,000 births being attended to by skilled professionals; over 170,000 children being immunized; and more than 1.3 million children benefiting from basic and emergency nutrition.
"... many challenges remain and this represents an opportunity to reaffirm commitments and address those challenges.” added ambassador Shockledge.
Somalia Minister of Health Dr Fawziya Abikar Nur said the support will make sure women to receive voluntary contraceptives through family planning services, help avert thousands of unintended pregnancies; as well as help prevent the trauma of related to stillbirths and nearly new-born deaths.
"The Federal Government of Somalia is committed to significantly lower the number of childbirth related deaths by distributing modern methods of family planning in Somalia, increasing access to birth spacing services to 39,000 women and girls." Added Minister Fawziya after attending the summit in London.

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