“These relief kits will made great difference to the well-being of hundreds of Somali families in need of assistance in Mogadishu," said Dr Sinan Khaddaj, WAHA's Secretary General. " “The support of Etihad Airways in transporting these supplies has been instrumental in ensuring their timely arrival on the ground so that WAHA’s team can begin their distribution to those in urgent need.”
This is the first collaboration in a larger partnership between WAHA and Etihad aiming to facilitate the transport of relief supplies to crisis zones.
WAHA has been working in Somalia since September 2011 in partnership with the UAE Red Crescent setting up a maternity and improving the living conditions of hundreds of displaced families in Mogadishu.
Somalia has one of the worst maternal death rates in the world, with 1 out of every 12 women dying due to pregnancy or childbirth related causes.
Since the outbreak of civil war in 1991, fighting violence, the destruction of infrastructure and insecurity has greatly impeded the development of and access to basic health services for the population. About 25% of the population has been uprooted with nearly 1.5 million people being internally displaced. Currently due to the food crisis it is estimated that around 50% of the population are facing acute food shortages.