Immunisation for children under the age of one has gone up from 80% to 90% in the last few years in Djibouti City. However, in the districts, where poverty and a lack of understanding about modern medicine can be more pronounced, these same immunisation rates are lower than 75%.
I joined the UNICEF team to visit the Parliament of Djibouti and be received by the assembly President, M. Mohamed Ali Houmed. Using our own comparison, this role is the equivalent of the Speaker of the House of Commons.
A 90 minute drive, on what can only loosely be described as a road, across the arid landscape towards Ethiopia, lies the Holl Holl Camp which is home to over 5,000 refugees from Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia.
With its deep-sea port on the Dead Sea, Djibouti is a trading post to the world. Despite its close links to France, Djibouti is now forging close relationships with other countries who are keen to tap into its strategic importance.