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.