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Pastoralist Health

A locally-based health network in Liben Zone (Somali region) was established (2001 to 2005) to offer health advice and education as well as health services. This Big Lottery funded project was specifically designed to meet the needs Liben Zone as far as possible drawing its personnel from within the communities served. This goal involves the provision of training for pastoral health extension facilitators and workers and traditional birth attendants as well as support for those trained throughout the period of the project.

The project was specifically designed to improve sexual and reproductive health in the area, including the provision of assistance in the areas of midwifery, female genital mutilation and HIV/AIDS. A significant result of the programme was the decision by the local community to ban female genital mutilation in the local village. A description of how the local community came to make this decision can be downloaded here as a pdf.