KENYA-SOMALIA: Breaking with tradition on reproductive health

WOMEN'S MATERNAL HEALTH DADAAB, September 2011 (IRIN) - Most Somali women fleeing to northeastern Kenya's Dadaab in northeastern Kenya have never visited an antenatal clinic, let alone given birth in a hospital. "When I see an expectant mother or one with a small child, I ask them whether they have gone to the hospital. If they haven't, I refer them there," Miriam Ade, a community health worker in Dadaab's Ifo camp, told IRIN. "Many of these women have lived here but … [Read more...]

Crossing to Safety: One Woman’s Story of Arriving in Dadaab from Somalia

“I was so hungry I thought I would die” DADAAB, Kenya— When Fatuma Ali together with her husband decided to begin a trek from Somalia to Kenya with their four children, they knew the journey would be torturous. But it was one that they had to take. Pregnant with her fifth child, Fatuma could hardly withstand the situation in Somalia -- a ravaging famine on top of one of the world’s most enduring conflicts. The punishing 17-day journey through the sandy desert into Kenya left her … [Read more...]

World Humanitarian Day – Celebrating this August 19th, 2011

August 19, 2011 The FINANCIAL -- Brussels, 18 August 2011 – 19 August is World Humanitarian Day and as every year since 2008, tomorrow the European Commission will honour those who dedicate their lives to preserving and improving the lives of others who need assistance to survive. World Humanitarian Day - a Celebration of people helping people.   Today, the 19th of August, is World Humanitarian Day and as every year since 2008, tomorrow the European … [Read more...]

Whitehouse ~ Women’s Update: Somalia, West Wing Week, and More‏

Weekly Women's Update Welcome to the Council on Women and Girls Weekly Highlights!   Remember, if you have friends or family who would like to support the efforts of the Council on Women and Girls, please visit our website and share this link with others on Facebook and Twitter. Last week, Dr. Biden traveled to Kenya where relief operations are underway to help the thousands of refugees affected by the devastating famine in Somalia. Visiting with women and children at … [Read more...]

Somalia is Dying‏ ~ Take Action !!!

More than 2000 people are dying every day in Somalia, in a famine that threatens to starve more than eleven million people to death. Conflict between Somalia's Al-Shabaab regime and world leaders has kept out aid that could end the famine. But a few key countries have the power to broker a deal to stop the suffering. Sign the urgent petitionfor a humanitarian truce and forward to everyone: Right now, more than 2000 people are dying every day in Somalia, in a famine that threatens to … [Read more...]

Somali women's minister abducted by Islamists

Islamist rebels seized Somalia's newly-appointed women's minister as she took office, heightening security fears for aid groups planning deliveries to a famine-stricken nation. Armed men abducted 32-year-old Asha Osman Aqiil in Balad, a town north of the capital Mogadishu, a day after she was named the country's minister for women and family affairs. She was on her way to take up her position on Thursday when she was snatched by a gang, clan elder Ahmed Sheikh Mohamud said. "It is … [Read more...]

CANADIAN Government is Taking Action ~ Doubling UNICEF DONATIONS!

Dear Friends, Take Action !A triple disaster is unfolding for children in the Horn of Africa.A deadly combination of drought, on-going conflict and escalating food prices has placed over 11 million people in need of life-saving aid in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.Close to 2.5 million of those at risk are children under the age of five. This is the worst drought to hit the region in 60 years. Earlier this week, the United Nations declared that famine exists in two regions of southern Somalia. … [Read more...]

UNFPA: Over 6,000 Communities Across Africa Abandon Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting – Celebrate!

    UNITY of ACTION is working ... a Time of Celebration!         Over 6,000 Communities Across Africa Abandon Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting UNITED NATIONS, New York—Over 6,000 communities have chosen to abandon the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), according to a joint United Nations programme designed to eliminate this practice, and the number is growing.       UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, are partners … [Read more...]

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