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    Sweden grants $8.5M for maternal health care in Somalia

    APA-Nairobi (Kenya)

    Sweden disclosed on Wednesday it has granted the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $8.5 million to scale-up high impact reproductive, maternal, new-born and adolescent health interventions in Somalia.

    Millions of women in Somalia remain at great risk during pregnancy and childbirth. Every year, one in 22 women dies prematurely due to pregnancy or child birth-related complications.

    Most of these complications and illnesses are easily preventable and treatable. Strong political will and long-term financial commitment is urgently needed to address the high maternal deaths.

    The Swedish funding to the health sector is part of a long-term commitment to address the severe health needs of women and girls, and help re-build the health system in Somalia.

    “Far too many women’s lives are lost unnecessarily and prematurely during pregnancy and childbirth. It is critical that we now come together to strengthen our political and financial commitment for women’s health and wellbeing,” said Mikael Lindvall, Swedish Ambassador to Somalia.

    “Sweden remains committed to improve access to equitable and quality health services for women and children. This is one of the key priority areas for Sweden’s development cooperation with Somalia,” the envoy added in a statement issued in Nairobi.

    Sweden is the second largest donor in the health sector, and has supported maternal and child healthcare in Somalia since 2006.


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