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Somaliland Slowly Builds Health System But Challenges Remain

The Lancet: Slowly and steadily, Somaliland builds its health system
“…Thanks to remittances from Somalilanders abroad and foreign aid, much of the capital Hargeisa has been rebuilt and the rubble removed while the trappings of statehood, including health services, are slowly emerging. But the challenges remain steep in a region that has some of Africa’s highest maternal and child mortality rates. … The challenges range from the quest for political recognition and the greater budgetary support that might accompany it, the urban-rural divide, the need for greater professionalisation, to combating mental illness, the use of khat, and female genital mutilation (FGM)… (Devi, 5/30).

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