Press Release —Local May 25, 2021

IOM and Finland-Somalia Association improving maternal health services in Somalia

Mobile health clinic. Measuring the blood pressure of a patient.
Medicine supplies of the mobile health clinic.

Mobile health clinic improves accessibility of health care services in more rural areas. IOM and Finland-Somalia Association work together to scale up maternal and child health service delivery in Jubaland, Somalia.

Finland-Somalia Association and its partner NGO in Somalia, Sahal Healthcare and Development Association, will promote and improve child and maternal health situation in Afmadow, Somalia, by scaling up the operations of a mobile health clinic in Afmadow town and its surroundings. The project reaches also Qoqani and Diif areas. The mobile unit will provide quality basic health services to 3300 pregnant women and women of childbearing age. Furthermore, the clinic will treat and give basic medicine to 8100 children.

The project will be conducted in a close collaboration with local health actors and Jubaland Ministry of Health. It builds on the Daryeel Mobile Health Clinic, which is financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Implementation of the IOM-supported project extension will begin in May 2021.

The project is part of IOM’s MIDA FINNSOM programme, in which qualified Somali diaspora experts return temporarily to Somalia to help rebuild country’s health and education sectors. This partnership is under the MIDA FINNSOM Phase II – Health & Education, with a special focus on improving maternal & child health service delivery in Somalia.