Government of Italy grants Federal Ministry of Health- Somalia through UNFPA Somalia three million Euros for the reduction of maternal mortality in Somalia

Friday November 8, 2019

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the
Italian Republic, via the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, is making a contribution of 3 million Euros to support
the collaboration between UNFPA and Ministry of Health and Human
Services of the Federal Government of Somalia.

The contribution aims to
strengthen interventions in the areas of maternal and reproductive
health at De Martino, Banadir and Jowhar hospitals.

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The Minister of Health and Human Services, Her Excellency Dr. Fawziya
Abikar Nur expressed her gratitude to all who are contributing to
improving maternal and child health in Somalia. She particularly
commended the Government of Italy and UNFPA for continuing to be
reliable partners towards improving the health and wellbeing of the
Somali people, especially women and girls.

“On behalf of Somali people, I would like to thank the Government of
Italy for the contribution of three million Euros. Your financial
support and commitment helps us to continue our mission of reducing
maternal mortality in Somalia,” said Dr. Abikar Nur.

Ambassador of Italy to Somalia His Excellency Mr. Alberto Vecchi
said: “our strong commitment in the fight against the maternal mortality
and our well-grounded relationship with the Ministry of Health and
Human Services and with UNFPA is today renewed. Consistently, with our
focus on the support of the health sector in Somalia. This contribution
aims at strengthening the capacity of the three major hospitals to
deliver free health services.”

UNFPA Representative, Mr. Anders Thomsen, added: “the collaboration
with Italy is particularly significant to UNFPA’s work in light of the
ICPD25 Summit which will re-confirm the commitment to end preventable
maternal deaths, improve medical and clinical response to gender-based
violence and elimination of harmful practices. We thank the Government
of Italy and the Italian people for this very generous support which
will undoubtedly improve the lives of many Somali women and girls.”



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