The only Council project in Somalia, which focused on condom distribution, ended in early 2009. Since 1991, there has been no officially internationally recognized government in Somalia, owing to prolonged civil strife that has led to the erosion and destruction of most public infrastructures, widespread economic collapse, and reduced access to social services, including health care.
Highlights of past work
- Developed an effective condom programming strategy that can be used by UNFPA and its partners to guide efforts to raise awareness about condom use for both birth spacing and infection prevention, and to feasibly and effectively distribute condoms in a culturally sensitive and acceptable way to populations who want to use them.
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ResourcesA religious oriented approach to addressing female genital mutilation/cutting among the Somali community of Wajir, Kenya (PDF)
Sheikh Abdi,Maryam; Askew,Ian
FRONTIERS Report (updated March 2009)
Publication date: 2009
Female genital cutting among the Somali of Kenya and management of its complications (PDF)
Jaldesa,Guyo; Askew,Ian; Njue,Carolyne; Wanjiru,Monica
FRONTIERS Final Report
Publication date: 2005
Somalia Fast Facts
|Total fertility rate||6.4|
|Infant deaths per 1,000 live births||107|
|Maternal deaths per 100,000 live births||1200|
|Girls aged 20-24 married by age 18 (%)||45|
|HIV/AIDS prevalence (%)||0.7|
|Living below US $2 per day (%)||—|
Country statistics from Demographic and Health Surveys, 1987–2011; UNAIDS and UNICEF websites (accessed 10/22/2012); "World Population Data Sheet" (Population Reference Bureau, 2012)