Stop Mutilation e.v.

in german: gegen die Beschneidung.

Hospital Project in Somalia – Maternity Clinic is being rebuilt: The tsunami in December 2004 not only caused mass destruction in Southeast Asia, but also the east coast of Somalia suffered. Several hundred people were killed and thousands lost their homes. The tidal wave also destroyed the General Hospital Maternity in Xaafuun on the Hafun peninsula … (english Homepage 1/2).

Project Development; Project’s Origins; Partners;
Address: J. Cumar, stop-mutilation e.v., Krefelder Str. 165, D-40549 Düsseldorf, Germany;
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english Homepage 2/2: … In spring 2005 Mohamud Muuse Hirsi, the President of the Puntland province, and Khadar Abdi Haji, the mayor of Bosaaso, provided us with property in the southern section of the city free of charge. We now have a place to build a new clinic.

The General Hospital Maternity was our most important project in Somalia.

It was the only maternity clinic in the country. The hospital was so well-equipped that girls and women could be treated in all relevant aspects of gynaecology. This decreased the risk of difficulties for mother and child during childbirth. This is particularly important, because the circumcision which is usually performed in Somalia often leads to life-threatening complications during childbirth. The vagina is sewn shut except for a small opening after circumcision. If the vagina is not opened in time before the birth of the child, the newborn may suffocate. Our doctors, nurses and midwives try to convince patients not to let their daughters be circumcised. North Rhine-Westphalia supported the establishment of the project in 2001 by donating 71,000 DM.

We receive support from Traute Stahl, Wilma Küspert and other women who are members of the Soroptimist Club Düsseldorf-Karlstadt. The hospital architect Sophie von der Wiede drew up the blueprints for the new clinic. 33 beds, delivery rooms, a large newborn ward and an operating room are the heart of the hospital. The beds and night stands have been provided by St. Mary’s Hospital in Düsseldorf. Vattenfall Europe, a major utility company, also supports the project – including donations given by its employees.

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