What We Do
Maternal Health Clinic
Women in Somalia are 300 times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy and childbirth than woman in the UK.
“The worse thing a woman can do in Somalia is to become pregnant, if she does she has no option but to pray she survives” Sundeep Bahia, CEO
Somalia is generally considered to be one of the worst places in the world to be a woman, factors such as internal conflict, displacement, FGM, poverty, famine has all contributed to this statement. Currently, around 1.4 million people, mostly women and children, are displaced within Somalia after being forced to flee their homes. Many young girls and women are at risk of rape and sexual violence in the lawless country.
Somalia has one of the highest rates of maternal deaths in the world, second to Afghanistan. It is common for women to go through her pregnancy without any medical check-ups. Access to health clinics is exceptionally limited due to displacement and little infrastructure. Maternal deaths in Somalia is due to a few factors such as the practice of female genital mutilation which prolongs the labour, haemorrhage, obstructed labour and infection.
Forgotten Women is aiming to open a MHC in Afgooye, southwestern somalia, It is estimated there are some 410,000 displaced people in Afgooye so the need is great. The MHC aims to reduce maternal death rates which women are facing, help us provide life-saving care and support.