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Date: 8 / June / 2015 /

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The Role of Community health workers

Ubau Mahamed Ahmed, age 22, is a community health worker in Garowe, Puntland. She serves as the link between communities of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the Nugal Maternal and Child Health Centre by informing, advising, and referring patients. Due to hygiene issues in the IDP camps, the most common problems that Ubau sees in… Read more »

Date: 8 / June / 2015 /

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Fadumo’s work training midwives

Fadumo Mohamed Ahmed, age 45, has been working as a midwife for nearly thirty years and teaches young midwives at the Midwifery Training School in Burao, Somaliland. A jolly woman, Fadumo laughs at the fact that she was even present at some of her students’ births. Although she has trained many midwives, Fadumo stresses that… Read more »

Date: 8 / June / 2015 /

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Iisho’s livesaving treatment

Iisho Adeu Cabdulle, age 27, was at home with her six children in Murale, about 250km from Mogadishu, when her labour pains began. She expected to have a routine delivery at home in her rural village, but the process became everything but normal. She was in labour for another ten days. If she had not… Read more »

Date: 8 / June / 2015 /

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Hamdi’s cesarean delivery

As Hamdi Husean Shikh, age 20, from Mogadishu, recovered from her Cesarean Section in the Maternity Ward of the Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, her three-day-old son, Khalid, slept beside her. Since the beginning of her pregnancy, Hamdi had known that her only option for safe childbirth was by Cesarean Section. Seven years earlier, she… Read more »

Date: 8 / June / 2015 /

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Faryiya’s Safe Delivery

It was midafternoon, and Farhiya Yusuf Karagre, age 40, was in labour with her twelfth child. She stood bent over a bed in the Dr. Alag Health Care Centre in Burao. When Farhiya went into labour earlier that morning, she came directly to the health centre, as her friends had told her it would be… Read more »

Date: 8 / June / 2015 /

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Dr. Mariam saving lives

Every day at the maternity ward in the Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, Dr. Marian Omar Salad, age 28, helps over ten mothers to safely deliver their babies. While many of the births are routine and can be carried out with the help of trained midwives, when complications arise, Marian often must perform emergency surgeryto… Read more »

Date: 25 / May / 2015 /

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The female surgeons of Mogadishu

Half way down the dimly lit main hallway of Mogadishu’s Banadir Hospital, a sign indicates the entrance to the delivery ward. It reads: “Women are not dying of diseases we can’t treat. They are dying because societies have yet to make the decision that their lives are worth saving.” Outside, family members of the women… Read more »

Date: 25 / May / 2015 /

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Under Niciima’s Care

Nurse and midwife Niciima Ibrahim, age 27, oversees the work of the Central Burao Maternal and Child Health Centre in Burao, Somaliland. She began working in the Burao Hospital while she was still enrolled in nursing school. Her experiences at the hospital helped her to determine that she wanted to attend the Midwifery School. “I… Read more »

Date: 25 / May / 2015 /

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Nemo Learns to Save Lives

Nemo Abdi Ahmed, age 20, left her remote village to attend the Midwifery Training School in Burao, Somaliland. A few years earlier, one of Nemo’s 17-year-old friends and a former classmate had died during childbirth. “That’s one of the main reasons that I want to learn these life saving skills,” Nemo said. “I want to… Read more »

Date: 3 / April / 2015 /

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A Miracle Delivery in Mogadishu

By the time she arrived at the Banadir hospital in Mogasidhu, Somalia, Howa Oofay Moalim had already been in labour for nearly five days. She had traveled 250 km to reach the hospital after traditional birth attendants had failed to help her baby that was being delivered in shoulder presentation. Howa lay on a table… Read more »

Date: 3 / April / 2015 /

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Umul’s Quick Recovery

Umul, a chubby, 10-month-old girl, sat on her mother’s lap munching on Plumpy’Nuts, a food supplement given to malnourished children. It was Umul’s last week in the nutrition programme at the Wardhigley Maternal and Child Health Centre in Mogadishu, Somalia. Two months earlier, her mother, Howa Ali Ibrahim, age 30, had brought Umul, then malnourished… Read more »