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.
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.
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.
$242,800 in FY2013
$200,000 in FY2012