The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said Monday it has secured 3.5 million U.S. dollar grant for reduction of maternal mortality in Somalia.
UNFPA Representative Nikolai Botev said the funding from Italy is fundamental in contributing to Somalia’s social and human development, particularly in the National Development Plan (NDP) areas of health, youth, gender and resilience capacity building.
“Women, youth and populations affected by the humanitarian crisis will be the programs primary targets,” Botev said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.
He said the funding will support UNFPA’s new Country Programme for Somalia over the period 2017-2020.
It will also support Somalia’s efforts in reducing maternal deaths, unmet need for birth spacing, and ending violence and harmful practices against women and girls.
Botev reiterated UNFPA’s commitment to supporting increased availability and use of integrated sexual and reproductive health services with a focus on maternal and newborn health.
According to UNFPA, millions of women in Somalia remain at great risk during pregnancy and childbirth. Enditem