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17 Feb 2017 description

MOGADISHU – As a devastating drought grips Somalia, UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are warning that only a massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe.

15 Feb 2017 description


  • As of week five, the number of new acute watery diarrhea/ cholera cases reported has increased compared to the previous week due to the spread of the outbreak to new districts.

  • A total of 913 acute watery diarrhea/cholera cases and 10 deaths (CFR 1.1%) were reported during epidemiological week 5 (30th January to 5th February) from 38 districts in 8 regions.

  • The weekly CFR has decreased from 1.7% in week 4 to 1.1% in week 5. This indicates an improvement of patient care and overall response activities.

14 Feb 2017 description


  • As of epidemiological week 4, the reported number of AWD/Cholera cases has slightly decreased as compared to the previous week but the outbreak has spread to new districts in Puntland (refer table 1 below)

  • A total of 877 new suspected AWD/cholera cases and 15 deaths (CFR: 1.7%) were reported from 37 districts during epidemiological week 4 (23rd -29th January).

  • Almost 51% of all new cases were recorded in Baidao district, and 12% were reported from 4 districts in Puntland.

08 Feb 2017 description


Extended dry season for the last three consecutive seasons

  • Severe water shortage
  • Production failure Rise in food and water prices
  • Large scale displacements
  • Poor access to milk & livestock products
  • Rise in food prices
07 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


• The humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to deteriorate with 6.2 million people in need of assistance, representing more than half of the population, and a sharp increase of the population in need (5 million six months ago). This includes 2.9 million people in crisis and emergency (IPC Phase 3 and 4). Similarly, 363,000 children under-5 are acutely malnourished (up from 320,000 in August 2016), including 71,000 severely so (up from 50,000) and in need of urgent life-saving assistance.

26 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Total people in need: 5 million

Total children (<18) in need: 3 million

Total people to be reached in 2017: 3.9 million

Total children to be reached in 2017: 1 million

2017 programme targets

• 112,500 children aged 6 to 59 months affected by SAM admitted for treatment

• 200,000 children under 5 vaccinated against measles
• 400,000 children and women provided with access to emergency health care services

11 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

One of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded has affected more than 51 million people and placed more than 26.5 million children at risk of malnutrition, water shortages and disease in 10 countries in the region.1 In 2016, more than 1 million children were targeted for treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM),2 and water shortages, protection concerns and the deterioration of basic social services remain key concerns.

09 Jan 2017 description

14th Dec, 2016: Relative calm has returned to Galkayo after weeks of fighting, but tension remains high with sporadic fighting reported. On 6 November, fierce fighting left 22 people dead and 97 others injured. The warring parties continue to maintain their defensive positions. Humanitarian partners estimate that nearly 90,000 people remain displaced due to increased tensions Health officials estimated that 45 people have been killed and 162 injured since 7 October. Civilians make up 25 per cent of the casualties. The disruption to schooling has affected over 20,000 learners.

09 Jan 2017 description

8th Dec, 2016: Drought conditions are deepening in Puntland and Somaliland, and have expanded to southern and central regions, including Gedo, Hiraan, Galgaduud and Lower Juba. The Deyr rainy season, which usually extends from October to December, has so far been poor, and high temperatures combined with limited amounts of rain in October 2016 that have led to drought conditions in most of Somalia, ranging from moderate to extreme. Severe drought in Puntland is directly affecting approximately 150,000 people according to an inter-agency assessment conducted in September 2016.

09 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Total affected population: 2,021,000
Total affected children: 869,000

Total people to be reached in 2017: 800,000
Total children to be reached in 2017: 600,000

434,500 children under 5 accessing an integrated package of health interventions, including for the management of diarrhoeal diseases

232,000 persons affected by crises are reached with safe water interventions

23 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

NAIROBI, 23 December 2016 – In 2016, UNICEF, through its implementing partners, treated nearly 100,000 Somali children suffering from malnutrition, and provided their mothers with critical nutrition and hygiene education. The life-saving work was made possible thanks to the generous contributions from donors, including US$2 million from ECHO – the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department.

20 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Garowe, Puntland, Somalia 19 December 2016 – The German Development Bank (KfW) on behalf of the Government of Germany has announced a grant of 23,550,000 Euros (just over US$25.8 million) to provide healthcare to one million people in Somalia’s northern Puntland.

The generous contribution provided by KfW on behalf of the Government of Germany, will be used to provide an Essential Package of Health Services to one million people in Nugal and Mudug regions including 160,000 children and 250,000 women for three years.

16 Dec 2016 description
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Kismayo, Lower Juba, Somalia 16 December 2016 - UNICEF and partners are aiming to vaccinate 54,000 children under 10 in Kismayo, southern Somalia following a serious outbreak of measles.

There have been over 704 cases of fever and rashes in Kismayo, the majority of them children. Many of the children, suspected to be suffering from measles, are sleeping on the floor of Kismayo General Hospital. Most were not vaccinated against measles although there are 16 free vaccination posts in Kismayo.

13 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Kun Li

A recent outbreak of measles in Kismayo, Somalia has put additional strain on an already overwhelmed hospital. Learn how UNICEF is helping to fight the outbreak by getting children immunized.

KISMAYO, Somalia, 12 December 2016 – The cholera treatment centre at Kismayo General Hospital, the biggest hospital in Kismayo, hadn’t had any patients since the last outbreak was brought under control. But lately it has again been inundated with patients.

09 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • Drought conditions prevail in Puntland as well as several parts of Somaliland, central and southern regions. Water shortages are reported in all drought-affected regions, increasing the risk of an acute watery diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera outbreak. With populations on the move in search of water and pasture, an estimated 35,000 children are at risk of dropping out of schools. The drought will further aggravate the malnutrition crisis with an increase in enrolment in nutrition programmes.

07 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Fifteen-day-old Faadumo lies quietly with her big, dark eyes wide open. Her tiny head and dainty fists rest on a nest of blankets, starting with a black shawl. A second one adorned with white dots is layered on top. She is then tucked in a bigger, thicker blanket in a maroon and cream color. In between these wrappings is one more layer that is smooth, reflective and uncharacteristically thin for a blanket. It is a black plastic shopping bag.

05 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Batula is a traditional birth attendant and has been working for the past 25 years. Because of her reputation and medical skills, many families take girls to her and ask let her to carry out Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on them. FGM is a deep-rooted cultural practice in Somalia with virtually every Somali girl and woman (98 per cent) having undergone it.

22 Nov 2016 description

Closure of Dadaab Refugee Camp, 2016


According to UNHCR, more than 30,000 Somali returnees have been assisted since the start of the Voluntary Repatriation from Dadaab Refugee Camp, including 22,000 returnees in 2016 alone. By the end of 2016, it is expected that 50,000 will have returned home. Over 60 percent of the current population in Dadaab is aged under 18, with 42.8 percent being of school age (5-17) – 118,634 children.

19 Nov 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Garowe, Hargeisa, 19 November 2016 - Twelve villages in Somaliland and two in Puntland have been officially recognized for demonstrating that everyone in their community uses a toilet and no longer goes into the fields, bushes, forests, water or open spaces to defecate.

15 Nov 2016 description
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MOGADISHU, Somalia, 15 November 2016 - More than 90,000 people, including at least 20,000 children who were in school, have been displaced by fighting between factions in the Galkayo region of Central Somalia, which began a month ago.