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27 Jul 2017 description

27 July 2017 – The Ministry of Health of Somalia has reported 1068 AWD/cholera cases and 3 deaths for week 28 (10 – 16 July 2017) with a case-fatality rate of 0.3%. Of these, the highest number of cases (286/27%) was reported in Middle Shebelle region, followed by Mudug, Sool and Banadir.

27 Jul 2017 description

Baidoa, 27 July 2017 - The UN held a capacity-building workshop for thirty mental health professionals from institutions in Baidoa, the capital of Somalia’s South West state.

The training was held between 24 and 26 July 2017 and provided basic preparation for handling psychiatric disorders. Participants included staff from Baidoa central prison, the city’s psychiatric hospital, and the Baidoa Disarmament, Demobilisation and Rehabilitation centre.

27 Jul 2017 description


SoSh (Somali shilling)-using areas: Consumer Price Index (CPI) mildly (+/- 1-5%) changed in June 2017 month-on-month. The CPI increased significantly (+/- 7-22%) due to increases in cereal (red sorghum) prices.
SISh (Somaliland shilling)-using areas: The CPI miledly increased (2%) month on month in June 2017 butsignificantly increased (19%) compared to last year primarily due to increase in cereal prices this year.

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27 Jul 2017 description

Summary Points
- Tanzania’s ban on maize grain exports to assure the country’s food security and to encourage value addition through exports of flour, would likely move regional cross-border trade to informal channels because of porous borders, and increase the maize export prices because of additional of costs of circumventing the ban.

27 Jul 2017 description

Severe food insecurity persists despite ongoing Gu harvest

27 Jul 2017 description

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has released a budget of 10.5 million EUR for six humanitarian projects of Belgian NGOs in Yemen, Uganda, South Sudan and Nigeria. The aid is part of the promise of Minister De Croo to double donations to the Famine 12-12 campaign.

27 Jul 2017 description
report The Guardian

Jason Burke, Africa correspondent

Fears of widespread famine as people in extremist-controlled areas are threatened with death if they contact aid agencies

Islamist militants in Somalia have imposed a ban on humanitarian assistance in areas they control, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to choose between death from starvation and disease or brutal punishment.

Read more on The Guardian

27 Jul 2017 description

Implementation of Event Based Surveillance in Jordan

Jordan is conducting a training workshop for the launch of event based surveillance (EBS) for acute respiratory infections. The workshop to be conducted in Amman, Jordan, from 24 to 27 July 2017 will target public health officers responsible for surveillance and response at governorate level and health professionals from all secondary and tertiary level hospitals in the country.

Editorial note

27 Jul 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Raids Marked by Abductions, Arson and Looting Cause Mass Flight

(Nairobi, July27, 2017) The Islamist armed group Al-Shabab burned numerous homes in raids on villages in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region in late May 2017, Human Rights Watch said today based on witness accounts and satellite imagery analysis. Al-Shabab fighters abducted civilians, stole livestock, and committed arson in attacks that caused more than 15,000 people to flee their homes.

27 Jul 2017 description

Astrid Sneyers

HiCN Working Paper 252
July 2017


26 Jul 2017 description
report Voice of America

Salem Solomon

WASHINGTON — Somalia is suffering from a renewed displacement crisis as people flee drought and conflict, particularly in the country’s southern region.

Gerard Waite, chief of mission for the International Organization for Migration Somalia, told VOA that about 800,000 people have fled their homes in response to the drought over the past seven months. That is in addition to the 1.1 million people who were previously displaced in the country.

26 Jul 2017 description

Key Issues

  • The UN Humanitarian Coordinator allocated US$44.7 million through the OCHA managed Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF), to address the most life-saving and time critical needs. All eligible partners are encouraged to consult respective clusters and submit their project proposal online on the Grant Management System not later than 8 August 2017.

  • An estimated US$30 million required to assist the most vulnerable Ethiopian returnees from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

26 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

The proposed model involves the delivery of a timely, epidemiology-driven and targeted response as soon as the first suspected cases are detected in a community. The strategy also aims to anticipate and prevent cholera transmission to unaffected populations at immediate risk. The activities to control cholera outbreaks are driven by the understanding of the transmission context and systematic outbreak mapping. The transmission context is defined as the circumstances in which a person will contract the disease.

26 Jul 2017 description

25 July 2017 - Somalia is experiencing its worst outbreak of measles in 4 years. Drought and a real threat of famine, coupled with low vaccination rates, have left millions of children in Somalia weak, hungry, and particularly susceptible to contracting measles and other life-threatening diseases. Almost 14 000 suspected cases of measles have been reported this year alone (as of 23 July) compared to between 5 000 to 10 000 total cases per year since 2014. More than 80% of all those affected by the current outbreak are children below the age of 10 years.

26 Jul 2017 description

BAIDOA, KISMAAYO, 25 July 2017 - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has held a series of consultative meetings with a cross-section of Somali women leaders to collect their views on the traditional justice system and how it hinders women’s access to justice.

26 Jul 2017 description



Affected areas

Country-wide Cause of displacement Disaster

Figures More than 1.8 million new disaster displacements between 22 June and 12 July