Hunger exposes pregnant women to death

Somalia on the verge of famineFrom SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – THE drought ravaging Somalia has put the lives of over 600 000 pregnant women at risk in this country with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.
The expecting women, who urgently need maternal health services to ensure a safe pregnancy and delivery, including emergency obstetric services, are among 6,2 million affected by hunger.
At least one of every 22 mothers dying from pregnancy related causes in the country.
United Nations Population Fund chief of humanitarian and fragile contexts, Ugochi Daniels, expressed concern women made the arduous and risky trek often for many days to get food relief thus worsening the dangers.
“The toll of displacement, drought, and the lack of services on women and girls is immense, and call for an equally immense response to provide direct medical services and support,” exclaimed Daniels.
UNFPA provides life-saving reproductive health services across Somalia
including referral of complicated cases during pregnancy and delivery,emergency reproductive health kits and medical and psychosocial support to survivors of gender-based violence.
UNFPA is appealing to international donors for funding of $24 million (321 million) for the Somalia humanitarian response for reproductive health and to protect women and girls from violence.
– CAJ News

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