For over 30 years, Save the Children has worked to improve the quality of health services and increase mothers’ and children’s access to healthcare. As one of the largest international organisations supporting the health sector in Somalia, at our core Save the Children is committed to the delivery of the Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS) in partnership with the
Ministry of Health.We focus on maternal, new-born and child health and nutrition services, reproductive health services, and prevention and control of communicable diseases, through both static and outreach health services staffed by a network of qualified health workers and community volunteers.We are striving to reach hard-to- reach communities through the scale up of Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM). Save the Children works closely with the Ministry of Health in capacity building and system strengthening, as well supports sector coordination as the Co-Lead of the Health Cluster in Somalia with World Health Organisation.
Malnutrition (CMAM) which combines strong preventive and curative interventions, including: mass screenings
of children under five and referrals by a network of Community Nutrition Volunteers; the provision of Stabilisation Centres for Severe Cases with medical complications, Outpatient Therapeutic Programs (OTP) for Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), and Therapeutic Supplementary Feeding Programs (TSFP) for Moderate Acute Malnutrition; as well as the provision of micro- nutrient supplements and extensive engagement with mothers and fathers on positive Infant & Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices.
Save the Children’s strategy for its WASH programming is to integrate the provision of quality water and sanitation services in its health and nutrition sites, as well as in schools and child friendly spaces as part of our wider programming for the wellbeing of children.We provide water and sanitation facilities to vulnerable children and their communities, particularly those affected by chronic drought and seasonal floods, through rehabilitation, construction of water sources, emergency water trucking, construction and rehabilitation of latrines and distribution of emergency hygiene kits.We also raise family and community awareness of good hygiene practices.