MATERNITY CLINIC AND TRAINING PROJECT
The maternal and infant mortality rates in Somalia are among the highest in the world. The lack of public hospitals and preventive healthcare are key challenges. By improving maternal and sexual health, the public healthcare can be strengthened as a whole.
Maternity Clinic and Training Project begun in 2012 and is based in Afgooye, located about 30 km from the capital Mogadishu. African Care works together with a local NGO Volunteers for Medical and Development Service (VMDSO). The clinic employs 20 healthcare professionals. The activities of the maternity clinic consist of assisting mothers in deliveries, helping and treating victims of rape and sexual violence, HIV testing along with consulting and raising awareness. The clinic treats approximately 1500 patients and assists in over 120 deliveries monthly. To date we have trained over 800 midwives in the clinic’s facilities.
The project is supported by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and by donations. Project coordination, management, evaluation and reporting, equipment purchases and training programs are carefully evaluated together with the program’s Finnish and local steering group and clinic staff. Our project coordinator last visited the clinic in January 2017.