- FEWSNET Somalia Food Security Outlook January to June 2015
- IGAD - Impact assessment report for the regional initiative in support of pastoralists and agro pastoralists in the Horn of Africa (RISPA)
- Brookings-LSE Project - Internal Displacement in Somalia
Appeals & Funding
- Strategic Response Plan 2015
- Humanitarian Needs Overview 2015
- CHF (Common Humanitarian Fund)
NEW YORK, 20 January 2015 – As the world enters into the 26th year of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Somalia has become the 194th state party to ratify the Convention, setting a course to improve the lives of its youngest citizens.
“By ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the government of Somalia is making an investment in the wellbeing of its children, and thus in the future of its society,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.
An estimated 50,000 people have been affected by widespread river flooding in Middle Shabelle and Middle Juba with 30,000 people displaced and outbreaks of diseases including acute watery diarrhoea (AWD). The effects of crop and infrastructure destruction will continue with riverine populations expected to remain in Food Security Crisis through March 2015. UNICEF is providing rapid emergency responses with prepositioned supplies.
The 2013 Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy in Conflict-Affected Contexts (PBEA) programme Consolidated Annual Report draws from detailed reports prepared by UNICEF country and regional offices, as well as UNICEF section and partner reports.
• UNICEF has had to discontinue primary health care services for approximately 1.5 million people in parts of Central South Zone (CSZ) when partnership agreements could not be renewed due to lack of funding (only 24 per cent of health funding for 2014 has been received). 300,000 children under-5 are currently without access to lifesaving primary health care services and free immunizations.
• The joint Government of Ethiopia and partner’s humanitarian appeal has been released following the completion of joint assessments in the country. The number of relief food beneficiaries has increased to 3.2 million. This is significantly higher than the 2.7 million people projected at the beginning of the year and is mainly due to the poor 2014 belg/gu/ganna seasonal rain performances in the south and south eastern parts of Ethiopia.
Summary of the Assessment
Population Size and water sources
The populations of the 10 assessed villages of Buuhoodle and LasAnod are estimated 55644 persons that consist of 27413 men and 28231 women. Of the 55644, 28231 are hosts and 27413 are IDPs. The 10 assessed locations has 856 unprotected well, 102 protected well, 4 functional boreholes, 2 dysfunctional boreholes, 7 water pan functioning, 18 dysfunctional water pan, 135 functional berkads and 150 dysfunctional berkads.
More than 7,751 suspected measles cases have been reported in 2014 with thousands of unvaccinated Somali children at risk of disability or death. UNICEF will vaccinate 520,000 children under-5 in the outbreak areas of Lower Juba, Banadir and Puntland in October. UNICEF seeks funding for a national campaign to vaccinate 5 million children under-15.
Overcrowded IDP camps and inadequate access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation facilities are increasing the risk of disease outbreak including acute watery diarrhoea and polio. 5,000 measles cases have been confirmed since the start of the outbreak in February. Malnutrition rates in IDP camps in Mogadishu, Dhobley, Dollow, Kismayo, Dhusamareeb, Garowe and Galkacyo have exceeded emergency thresholds, stressing the urgency of addressing underlying causes to save children’s lives.
A major logistics operation is underway in Somalia to bring urgent aid to areas cut off from international help.
By Athanas Makundi
Cargo flights to previously cut-off areas of Somalia have enabled UNICEF to provide essential vaccines, therapeutic food and medicine for malnutrition, and school supplies for thousands of children.
14,090 children were vaccinated through UNICEF-supported sub National Immunisation Days (sNID) in July, a 60 per cent more than the previous month due to increased access to children and successful communication for development (C4D) interventions. Over 4,500 children have been diagnosed with measles since February particularly in Puntland, Banadir and Lower Juba where extremely low measles coverage rates exist.
In this issue:
Situation Overview , including a recent map.
Highlights (Updates and Upcoming Activities).
Programme Performance Outcomes.
SAACID experience in the Mogadishu IDP
Mogadishu, 19 August 2014 – The Somali Federal Government, with support of three United Nations agencies and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), today launched two important initiatives and a report to ensure the health and wellbeing of mothers and children.