Acute and chronic food insecurity and high levels of malnutrition
Somalia's health care system was utterly destroyed by the civil war leaving the country with,among other problems, the highest rate of maternal and infant mortality in the world. A Somali woman gives birth to an average of 6 children during her life time. 14 in every 1000 women die due to complications related to child birth. One in 4 women were attended during pregnancy at least once by skilled health personnel (doctors, nurses or midwives). About a third (33%) of births are delivered by skilled personnel.
The Edna Adan Maternity Hospital was officially opened on March 2002.
Nairobi (7 October 2005)- The Office of the United Nations Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia has announced the conclusions of a UN technical fact-finding mission to the Indian Ocean coastline of the Puntland region of Somalia, to investigate allegations of toxic waste hazards on the shores of Puntland which might have been exacerbated by the Tsunami which struck the region on 26 December 2004.
At its Annual Retreat held in Nyeri Kenya from 14-16 January 2004, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) for Somalia, in reviewing progress on its strategic operational objectives for 2003, discussed and agreed upon the UNCT strategic objectives for 2004. The UNCT identified Heads of Agency who will be responsible for coordinating UN activity and monitoring and reporting progress against each of the strategic objectives.