Somalia Govt.: Health

Somalia Govt.: Health Last updated on Monday 26th April 2010

There has been a long tradition of free hospital and medical care in Somalia, but in the late 1980s some half a million refugees from the Ogaden region of Ethiopia strained the welfare resources of the country. This became much worse in the early 1990s during Somalia's civil war.

According to UN figures, the average life decreased significantly; a drought in the early 1980s brought an epidemic of cholera in human beings and a rinderpest epidemic in cattle. As a result, Somalia's main export market, Saudi Arabia, was compelled in 1983-84 to ban the import of Somali meat.

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