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Somalia

Because of our past experience, our return to Somalia is both cautious and modest

Four years after a series of violent attacks on our staff forced us to withdraw from Somalia, we started providing much needed medical care again in May 2017.

Based on the medical and humanitarian priorities we identified, our initial focus is on malnutrition and paediatric care.

Somalia map

We support the therapeutic feeding programme, outpatient and inpatient paediatric services and emergency room at the Mudug regional hospital in North Galkayo, and the maternity and paediatric wards of the regional hospital in Baidoa.

We hope to extend our support to help communities in the south of the country with their outbreak preparedness and response, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other healthcare providers.

However, the scope of our activities in Somalia depends not only on what we identify as necessary and feasible; it also depends on the acceptance, facilitation and active support we receive from the authorities and the communities in which we work.

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Somalia: Key information

MSF’s support of the Mudug regional hospital in North Galkayo, Puntland region, resumed in May 2017 with nutrition programmes, in both ambulatory and inpatient therapeutic feeding centres. Outpatient and inpatient paediatric services were then activated in June, followed by emergency room support in September.

In November 2017, in response to a surge in malnutrition in the Horn of Africa, we launched emergency projects in Dushamareb, the capital of Galmudug state and Dolow, Gedo region, on the border with Ethiopia.

Our teams also carried out exploratory missions to assess the medical and humanitarian needs in Baidoa. As a result, we decided to support the regional hospital’s maternity and paediatric wards. Medical activities began in April 2018.

We are also developing a proposal on outbreak preparedness and response to support communities in southern Somalia, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and other health organisations.

Because of our past experience, our return to Somalia is both cautious and modest. Our presence in Somalia, the scope of our programmes and the potential expansion of our activities to other regions of the country will depend entirely on the acceptance, facilitation and active support received from the authorities and communities that we serve.

We will assess locations for future projects based on needs, feasibility and the ability to secure the presence of international staff alongside Somali staff.

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