The Somali health sector is one of the vital institutions affected by the long period of civil war since it led to the destruction of the health infrastructure leading to a shortage of resources and medical personnel. Although the country formed its national government in 2012, little progress has been made in the health sector. The ongoing political turmoil integrated with the frustrations brought about by outlawed groups, natural disasters like floods and drought further complicate the health crises in the country. Due to such realities, Somalia is among the countries with the poorest healthcare system across the world. For many locals, accessing healthcare services is always a cumbersome process that leaves many suffering or dead. FinnSom Society is saddened by the current situation and urges the international community and Somalis living in the diaspora to come together and assist suffering brothers and sisters back home through funding or offering human resource assistance.
Due to the lack of health care facilities, resources, personnel, and the current crises ongoing in the country, Somali women and children are the most affected. Somalia has one of the least immunization rates and life expectancy across the globe. Statistics indicate one in every nine Somali children die before they are born, leading to high maternal mortality rates of 850 deaths in every 100,000 births[i]. Access to clean water is a challenge that leads to the eruption of waterborne diseases affecting the health of many families. FinnSom Society acknowledges Somalia’s healthcare challenges as a humanitarian crisis requiring immediate attention by the international community and especially Somalis living in the diaspora. We appeal for the assistance of concerned stakeholders to come together and address the issue to alleviate the suffering of many sick Somalis unable to access standard healthcare services.