Basic health services hardly exist in Somalia. At the same time, violence and insecurity are an everyday threat. Pregnant women, mothers and young children are particularly vulnerable. They rely most often on non-governmental aid organisations such as SOS Children's Villages International. SOS has been delivering health care to mothers and children in Somalia for the past 30 years, reaching around 200 000 people annually.
The European Commission, through its Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), supports two SOS health facilities in Somalia, the main hospital in Mogadishu and a clinic in Baidoa. Despite a deterioration of the security situation particularly in Mogadishu, the SOS hospital – for which the European Commission is the main donor – continues to offer crucial health services. Key to continuing delivering these services is retaining the acceptance by the communities – including by the conflicting parties. This is possible thanks to the neutrality, impartiality, and independence shown by the organisation and its work. In fact, the demand for SOS health services is on the increase in Somalia.
Read more about EU humanitarian aid to Somalia.
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