Drought poses disaster for Somali expectant mothers

From SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – THE devastating drought currently ravaging Somalia is threatening the lives of 607 000 pregnant women around the country.
About 6,2 million people in the besieged East African country are presently in need of humanitarian assistance, including 3,3 million people require immediate access to emergency health services and hygiene.
Among these are the pregnant women, with 130 000 of them requiring critical and urgent assistance.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) statistics indicate Somalia already has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world (732) and one out of every 22 women is likely to die due to pregnancy or childbirth-related causes during her life course.
Somalia is also enduring terror attacks by the Al-Shabaab, which has led to the devastation of health facilities.
UNFPA spokesperson for Somalia, Pilirani Semu-Banda, said limited access to reproductive health services puts the lives of many women and babies at high risk during emergencies especially when attention is primarily focused on the needs for shelter, food and security.
“The specific needs of women and girls are no less urgent and should be at the same priority level as other needs,” said Semu-Banda.
She said the direct implication of food scarcity on pregnant women is an increase in miscarriages and death due to malnutrition.
The UN agency is stepping up efforts towards ensuring adequate humanitarian response to the needs of the women and girls affected by the drought.
It is appealing for US$24 million (R310 million) to cover reproductive health needs and gender based violence protection.
CAJ News

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