Horn of Africa Famine Relief

 
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A child receiving vaccinations at a RI clinic
A child receiving vaccinations at a RI clinic

Relief International was one of the first humanitarian organizations to respond to the famine crisis in 2011. RI has continued to provide vital primary health care services in Somalia. Since November, RI has supported 11 health facilities throughout south central Somalia. These health facilities give regular nutrition check-ups to identify malnourished children and send them to local feeding centers. The feeding centers provide vital nutrition supplements for malnourished children and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. After receiving care enough to recover, patients are given supplements to help them avoid falling into malnutrition soon after.

Somalia has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world. To combat Somalia’s high mortality rates, RI-supported health facilities also provide critical pre- and post-natal care to mothers, working with traditional birth attendants and midwives to ensure mothers have a healthy pregnancy, safe delivery, and a stable environment for newborns. RI also works with committed community leaders and health workers in a partnership to build local capacity and ensure improvements in maternal and child health remain long-term.

Years of conflict, drought, and insecurity have placed increased pressure on Somalia’s resources and ability to cope with disasters. Thus, in addition to addressing emergency needs, RI’s work focuses on upon long-term solutions so communities can build resilience and self-reliance so they can resist future shocks such as droughts. Our current projects range from health, nutrition, women’s protection, animal husbandry, and education to media freedom. 

Your ongoing support has made our work possible, and we thank you for helping us continue to meet the health needs of mothers and children throughout Somalia. 

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Relief International continues to provide life-saving health and nutrition services for families in Somalia while contributing to long-term health improvements for drought and conflict-affected communities. According to the United Nations, Somalia ranks among the top ten countries in the world for highest mortality rates of children under five years.  To help combat child mortality, RI’s health and nutrition services assist mothers and children with their urgent health needs and establish community health systems to prevent malnutrition and provide beneficial maternal and child health needs long-term.

 

In addition to focusing efforts on screening children to identify early cases of acute malnutrition, dramatically improving a child’s prognosis, our team has trained nutrition outreach workers in the identification of severe acute malnutrition to enable local community management of malnutrition. RI has also trained mother support groups where mothers can learn about and seek important information regarding child health, such as infant feeding practices and the importance of exclusive breastfeeding to ensure healthy growth.

 

RI’s health and nutrition projects have assisted thousands of mothers and children; our work also undertakes other various groundbreaking initiatives in the country to promote long-term recovery and stability. Our projects range from health, nutrition, women’s protection, animal husbandry, and education to media freedom. Recently, RI launched a girl’s education program to promote gender equality and increase girls’ access to education. The program will help more girls enroll in school, stay in school, and graduate equipped with the tools they needs to succeed and break out of poverty.

 

A thank you to all our dedicated supporters on Global Giving whose continued support has made our work possible.

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Mothers and children at a RI clinic
Mothers and children at a RI clinic

Relief International (RI) has continued to provide vital health and nutrition services to Somali mothers and children. Our organization was one of the first agencies to respond to the famine crisis. Through our efforts, thousands of mothers and children have been assisted. Our health and nutrition projects have offered vital services in a region where health facilities are nearly nonexistent and the facilities that exist have limited reach, supply, and staff.  

RI has been on the ground in Somalia since 2007. Beyond health and nutrition, RI is also undertaking other initiatives and projects to promote long-term development and rebuild livelihoods. Our various projects range from health, nutrition, women’s protection, animal husbandry, education to media freedom.

RI is working to increase educational opportunities and access to primary education with a special focus on girls. Our primary education efforts have reached over 8,000 schoolchildren. Our projects focus on increasing the quality of primary education and enrollment and retention rates. Another important component of our education work has been the establishment of girls’ clubs. Through these clubs, girls have an opportunity develop skills and become leaders while they build self confidence with a close support group of peers.

Our staff would like thank all our donors for their vital support through Global Giving. Together we have greatly impacted the lives of many mothers and children.  

A primary school girls
A primary school girls' club meeting

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Relief International’s Somalia team has continued to deliver life-saving health services to internally displaced persons and vulnerable members of the community in Galkayo, located in north-central Somalia. Our project has a special focus on mothers and children and aims to reduce morbidity and mortality in children under five and women of child- bearing age.

In total, through our Horumar health facility, Relief International has been able to consult with more than 30,000 patients, the majority of them being children. Through this project, 7,233 children were fully immunized against vaccine preventable diseases and 480 women received antenatal care services. In addition, over 10,000 people were treated against minor common illnesses.

This would not have been possible without our qualified and dedicated field staff and the strong relationship they have built with the local community despite the difficult work environment that exists for NGOs in Somalia.

Furthermore, support from our donors on Global Giving has helped ensure the success of our health and nutrition projects in Somalia and helped us to continue to meet the needs of mothers and children in Somalia. Our field staff thank you. Together, let’s continue to make a positive impact in the lives of Somali mothers and children.

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RI staff member screening a child for malnutrition
RI staff member screening a child for malnutrition

Relief International has been on the ground in Somalia since 2007 and was one of the first humanitarian organizations to respond to the famine crisis. Beyond addressing the emergency health and nutrition needs of Somalia mothers and children, Relief International’s projects have since broadened to focus upon long-term development and rebuilding the livelihoods of Somali families. Currently, Relief International’s programs in Somalia address health, nutrition, women’s protection, animal husbandry, education and media freedom.

Thanks to your support through GlobalGiving, Relief International has continued to serve the health and nutrition needs of Somali mothers and their children. To date, Relief International’s clinics in south central Somalia were able to provide 554 pregnant mothers with antenatal care services, immunize 6200 children against measles, and rehabilitate 632 children under five for acute malnutrition. Through Relief International’s primary care services assisting internally displaced persons and vulnerable members of the host community in Galkayo, central Somalia, 431 children were fully immunized against vaccine preventable diseases and 80 pregnant mothers were given pre-natal healthcare.

Access to quality primary education remains a challenge in Somalia. Most of its schools are located in rural areas and many lack the proper books, supplies, trained teachers, and proper management to ensure all Somali children have the opportunity to learn and better their future. To improve access to primary education, Relief International has established education programs to target 21 primary schools in the Puntland state. Relief International’s education activities are focused upon improving access to primary education, with special emphasis on girls, while improving teacher training, school facilities, and community management of schools. Currently, over 9000 Somali children are benefitting from an improved education through Relief International’s program. Recently, over 700 new students were enrolled, many of whom are accessing primary education for the first time.

The Relief International team would like to thank you for your continued support through GlobalGiving. Together we can continue to rebuild the lives of Somali families and ensure Somali mothers and their children see a brighter and healthier future.

Remember, be sure to order your RI Relief Bead bracelets in time for Mother’s Day! Relief Beads help combat child malnutrition and hunger in Africa and are the perfect way to show the special mom in your life how big your heart is! 

Students in class at one of the schools RI assists
Students in class at one of the schools RI assists
One of our female nurses dispensing medicine
One of our female nurses dispensing medicine

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Relief International

Los Angeles, CA, United States
http://www.ri.org

Project Leader

Natalie Marinkovich

Los Angeles, CA United States

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