Somalia is coping with the imminent threat of famine. An estimated 6.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Malnutrition rates are rising with 388,000 children under five who are acutely malnourished.
With limited resources for basic services, the government has to prioritize its health care in urban areas, relying on the Red Crescent and other charitable organizations to respond to the health needs in rural areas. According to the World Health Organization, 5.5 million people currently lack access to basic healthcare services.
The Red Crescent has been a key partner in responding to the health care needs across Somaliland, providing a lead role in teh response to health emergencies providing innovative solutions to community-based health programming and deploying mobile health clinics to respond to the unique needs of rural populations. They support and operate 33 fixed health facilities and 33 mobile clinics. Since the beginning of 2017, the Red Crescent has provided medical treatment to about 350,000 people, with the support of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and its partners.