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Somalia

Somalia has some of the worst health indicators in the world. Maternal health programs have been disrupted for decades, placing women at greater risk for obstetric fistula.

 Why We Work in Somalia

Fistula Foundation is not currently working in Somalia.

Somalia has some of the worst maternal health indicators in the world. The fertility rate is very high as are infant and maternal mortality rates; malnutrition is chronic, early marriage is common, and most deliveries are done at home without the presence of a skilled attendant.

Maternal health programs in Somalia have been disrupted for decades. Facilities tend to be dilapidated, basic equipment is in short supply, and there is a lack of trained medical personnel throughout the country. All of these factors are indicative of a high rate of maternal morbidities such as obstetric fistula.

What You Help Us Do

We made the following investments to build Somalia’s in-country medical services and provide fistula repair surgery to as many women as possible:

Meet Our Partners

We have previously partnered with Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA) to deliver fistula treatment to women in Somalia. We are currently not funding any projects in the country.

What projects did we fund in the past?

Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA)

Until recently, there were no regular fistula services available in Somalia. Women were forced to travel to Somaliland or neighboring Ethiopia to seek treatment, but instability and high transport costs rendered this option impossible for most women. This project aimed to ensure and expand the provision of continuous, high quality fistula care in Mogadishu through fistula treatment facilities at Hanano and Benadir Hospitals.

How much funding have we granted?

$242,800 in FY2013

$200,000 in FY2012

News from the Field

Free fistula surgery in Borama hospital gives suffering Somali women their lives back  •  June 27, 2018
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Our partner in the field, National Borama Fistula Hospital, is helping suffering women in Somaliland. Read the story of Khadra Ibrahim Ahmed, who has a bright new future thanks to...
Our partner in the field, National Borama Fistula Hospital, is helping suffering women in Somaliland. Read the story of Khadra Ibrahim Ahmed, who has a bright new future thanks to a successful operation at Borama hospital to repair the obstetric fistula that has marred the last 14 years of her life. “Whenever I visited my relatives in their houses I was not allowed to sleep in their beds, I couldn’t ride in public vehicles, or go to weddings or other public gatherings. I was under house arrest! I couldn’t mix with other people, and my husband even left me because of it. People would only call me on my phone but nobody wanted to stand close to me,” said Khadra, 40, who lives in Bosaso.
Meet Halima From Somalia  •  October 21, 2013
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Halima was in her twenties when she endured a horrible childbirth that left her with an obstetric fistula. Ten years later, Halima is now 36 years old, living in Elasha...
Halima was in her twenties when she endured a horrible childbirth that left her with an obstetric fistula. Ten years later, Halima is now 36 years old, living in Elasha Biyaha, Somalia and shares the story of how she got her fistula. “When I went to labour, the pain got stronger and stronger and lasted on and on. Something was not right. It took two days to convince my husband to bring me to a health facility. The doctors that saw me decided to immediately carry out a cesarean section. But they had no anesthesia. The pain was unbearable, and when I screamed they started beating me. ...

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