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President HSM appoints Dr. Jiley as special envoy for health and nutrition.


Tuesday April 2, 2024




MOGADISHU (HOL) — President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has named Dr. Abdirashid Mohamed Nur Jiley as Somalia's Special Envoy for Health and Nutrition.

Dr. Jiley, a federal MP for South West State with a background in health and nutrition, is set to spearhead efforts to address the severe malnutrition and lack of healthcare access.

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"Dr. Jiley's expertise in health and nutrition is key to advancing Somalia's healthcare vision," stated an official release from Somalia's state news agency. "

His selection comes at a critical juncture, as the country faces alarmingly high rates of malnutrition, compounded by climate change-induced disasters, locust infestations, the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and persistent conflicts.

The Multi-Sector Needs Assessments (MSNA) report from February 2024 highlights the dire situation, projecting that 1.8 million children will suffer from acute malnutrition this year, including around 500,000 severely malnourished. A nutritious diet costs around USD 7 for a family of five, an inaccessible expense in a country where 69 percent of the population survive on less than USD 2 per day.



 





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