Food Packages to Support Pregnant Women in Somalia

Years of internal conflict and the absence of a stable government have left Somalia in extreme poverty. In the midst of a pandemic, the ability to fulfill basic necessities has become increasingly difficult for the Somali population, especially pregnant women who need adequate nutrition.

Delivery of food aid to pregnant women in Somalia. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, MOGADISHU - Women in Somalia have 22 times the risk of dying during childbirth, the highest maternal death probability. The estimated ratio of maternal death in Somalia is 732 cases per 100,000 births.

In response to the severe conditions faced by pregnant women in Somalia, this August, Aksi Cepat Tanggap delivered food assistance to dozens of pregnant women in the Yaqshiid District, Mogadishu. Each food package consisted of oil, rice, nuts, milk and dates.

“Years of internal conflict and the absence of a stable government have put Somalia in extreme poverty. Many mothers cannot meet their nutritional needs,” said Andi Noor Faradiba of Aksi Cepat Tanggap’s Global Humanity Response, Wednesday (8/19).

She added, Somalia is among one of the countries with the worst healthcare facilities. Many of its residents have little access to medical services and, in almost all remote villages, they rely on traditional doctors for delivery.

Pregnant women were often brought to health facilities late, putting them at risk of developing obstetric complications including infection and bleeding. This problem is exacerbated by poverty, instability and a lack of education.

"Responding to these needs, ACT distributed food and provide nutritional education to low-income pregnant women," said Faradiba. Education is part of the main programs because some of them are IDPs and others are housewives with only a low income.

"Alhamdulillah, the aid packages mandated by the Indonesian people has been delivered to our brothers and sisters in Somalia. To continue helping them, you can still provide the best alms through BNI Syariah account number 0096110239 in the name of Aksi Cepat Tanggap Foundation," said Faradiba. []