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Explore Somali Maternal/Newborn Health

somali familyLearn more about maternal and newborn health in Somali families at a conference sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs and Isuroon, a Minneapolis-based organization that advocates for empowerment, education, equal opportunity and healthcare for Somali women living outside of Somalia

The Safe Mothers, Safe Newborns conference is set for 9 am - 5 pm, Thursday, Novemeber 12 at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S in Minneapolis.

The event will bring together influential women and men from the Twin Cities, Somalia and other countries worldwide to address the need to improve Somali maternal and child health care, Somalia has one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates, with one out of every 12 women dying from pregnancy-related causes, according to UNICEF. Somalia also has an extremely high infant mortality rate, with one out of 10 children dying before their first birthday.

The panel of international speakers includes:

  • Eric Schwartz, Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs (Keynote speaker)
  • Achu Lordfred, Chief Technical Advisor, UNFPA Somalia
  • MN Senator Sandra Pappas,
  • US Congressman Keith Ellison
  • Kola Okuyemi, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota
  • Tawara Goode, Director, National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University
  • Jaha Dukureh, founder of “Safe Hands for Girls,” anti-Female Genital Mutilation advocate
  • Curt Goering, Executive Director, Center for Victims of Torture
  • Abdirizak Farah – Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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