Supporting maternal health in Somalia
Your gift of mother and newborn baby care
A happy and healthy baby is the greatest gift any family can receive. But women and their babies in war-torn Somalia often die because the hospital is far away.
Your thoughtful gift of a Mother and Baby Care Kit will provide antenatal classes for mothers, training for midwives and vital supplies for mothers and their new babies.
Picture: Habiba with her daughter Farhiya at a Trócaire funded hospital, southern Somalia. (Photo: A.Gichigi)
The gift of new life and safe delivery
Somalia is one of the most dangerous places to have a baby due to the very limited maternity services available. Many women sadly lose their babies or die during childbirth.
Amran Abdi would have been one of these women were it not for services provided by Khalil hospital, run by Trócaire.
Complications during the birth of her baby meant Amran needed an emergency caesarean-section. Thanks to the doctors and midwives at the hospital, her beautiful baby boy was delivered safely and Amran recovered fully.
Risks during childbirth are high, and for Amran and many other Somali women, such hospitals are a lifeline. “I am so thankful for the lifesaving services I received at Khalil hospital. If I had this care previously, I might not have lost my other two babies,” she said.
Through the programme, mothers also receive a baby kit of clothes and newborn essentials as well as education on care during pregnancy and after birth which is having a big impact on the health of mothers and babies in the region.