Horn of Africa Famine Relief

May 5, 2014

Horn of Africa Famine Relief Update 5.3.14

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

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Natalie Marinkovich

Los Angeles, CA United States

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