- OCHA: Humanitarian Bulletin Somalia July 2015 | Issued on 20 August 2015
- Somalia: Humanitarian Dashboard - July 2015 (issued on 27 August 2015)
- UNICEF Somalia Humanitarian Situation Report, June 2015
Appeals & Funding
- Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in 2015 PDF XLS
- Mid-Year Monitoring Report: 2015 Humanitarian Response Plan - Somalia (Jan-Jun 2015)
- Strategic Response Plan 2015
- Humanitarian Needs Overview 2015
- CHF (Common Humanitarian Fund)
By Peter Crowley
Today marks one year since we have had a case of the wild poliovirus anywhere in Africa, the last having been reported from Somalia with a date of onset of 11th August 2014.
What an extraordinary achievement and what a powerful symbol of the progress that has been made on the African continent over the past generation.
The volatile situation in Yemen has led to a continued influx of people to Somalia. Support by UNICEF in June has so far included providing protection related information to new arrivals; identifying separated and unaccompanied children; psychosocial support; polio and measles vaccinations; distribution of WASH supplies; nutrition screening and referral of children with SAM; etc.
NAIROBI/BRUSSELS, 6 August 2015 – The European Union has supported UNICEF with €2.5 million in humanitarian funding to help provide lifesaving interventions in nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for Somali children.
While the overall nutrition situation is showing improvement in coastal, North West and South East Counties with an expected decrease in the acutely malnourished children requiring treatment, the nutrition situation is expected to worsen in Isiolo, Garissa, Mandera and Wajir counties as a result of poor rains. The total caseload for acutely malnourished children requiring treatment in the ASAL and urban areas is expected to decrease from 304,083 as of February 2015 driven by improvements observed across ASAL counties.
UNICEF and partners work with authorities in Berbera, Bossaso and Mogadishu to register and support, through provision of food, nonfood items, medical and psychosocial care, close to 10,000 returnees/refugees who have arrived in the country since the start of the conflict in Yemen in March 2015.
UNICEF airlifts 9MT of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) and other essential nutrition supplies to ensure continuity in implementation of critical lifesaving nutrition interventions in Waajid district, Bakool region.
Global response in 2014
UNICEF and partners responded to 294 humanitarian situations of varying scales in 98 countries in 2014. This includes large-scale Level 3 responses for the crises in the Central African Republic, Iraq, the Philippines, South Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa
Some of the major highlights from 2014 include:
• UNICEF Country Offices responded to 294 humanitarian situations of varying scales in 98 countries. This includes the response to six Level 3 emergencies;
The April issue of the Situation Report is dedicated to our fallen heroes
Payenda Gul Abed
Your kindness, selfless dedication and commitment to the women and children of Somalia will continue to inspire us all.
We will forever cherish the many memories
We will carry your smiles in our hearts
Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs
· The first 32 refugees, fleeing war-torn Yemen, arrive on Somalia’s northern coastline, reversing a decades-old trend which saw Somalis seeking safety in Yemen.
· UNICEF provides multi-sectoral response to population displacement caused by fighting in Guri Ceel and Galgala; the response includes provision of nutritional supplies, educational supplies for the out-of-school children, WASH emergency supplies and Family Relief Kits.
DJIBOUTI, 11 May 2015 – An integrated immunization campaign is underway to vaccinate 250,000 children aged nine months to 15 years against measles and 125,000 children aged 0 to 59 months against polio. The 6-59 months age group will also receive vitamin A Supplementation.
The campaign is being led by the Djibouti Ministry of Health in partnership with the Ministry of Education, supported by UNICEF, WHO, GAVI Alliance, the Measles and Rubella Initiative (M&RI) and the Government of Japan.
According to the Humanitarian Requirement Document released in March, 2.9 million people in Ethiopia require emergency food assistance in 2015.
The food security situation has stabilized in most parts of the country in January 2015 with the completion of the Meher harvest season (November – January).
NAIROBI, Kenya 21 APRIL 2015 - With great sadness, UNICEF can now release the names of the four colleagues who were killed in a horrific attack as they travelled to work yesterday in Garowe, northern Somalia.
Those who lost their lives were:
NAIROBI, Kenya, 20 April 2015 – Four UNICEF staff members have reportedly been killed in an attack on a vehicle in which they were riding in Garowe, Somalia. Four other UNICEF colleagues are reportedly in a serious condition.
The IED (improvised explosive device) attack occurred when the staff were travelling from their guest house to the office, normally a three minute drive.
UNICEF is currently contacting families of the staff, and airlifting the injured.
UNICEF continued to respond to the measles outbreak; 5,647 children (6 months to 15 years) have been vaccinated in Erigavo District in the northern Sanaag region.
The outbreak of Acute Watery Diarrhoea in Jowhar District, in Middle Shabelle region has been successfully responded to highlighting the positive joint collaboration between WASH and health partners.
Armed clashes in Guri Ceel and Galgala caused temporary population displacement; inter-agency assessments are planned for March.
On 20 January the Federal Government of Somalia ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a clear reflection of its commitment towards protecting and promoting the rights of its children and a major milestone following years of advocacy by UNICEF and other UN and international partners.
UNICEF continued to respond to the measles outbreak through support to delivery of routine immunization services.
In 2014, a total of 393,413 acutely malnourished children received nutrition support. (SAM - 151,043 and MAM 242,370) and over half a million caregivers reached with IYCF messages.
Interim FSNAU Nutrition post Deyr 2014/2015 analysis reveals the nutrition situation in Somalia is improving but the current median rate in South Central region is still above the “critical” ≥ 15% GAM.
JOINT PRESS RELEASE
NAIROBI, 19 February 2015: Somalia is marking six months since the last polio case was seen in the country following an outbreak that affected 199 people, mostly children.
· According to FEWSNET, an estimated 1.5 million people remain acutely food insecure, mostly in pastoral and marginal agricultural areas. Compared to 2013, this food insecure population is 75% higher. Key food insecurity drivers are the cumulative effects of below-average rainfall reasons, food prices rising to above their five-year averages, conflicts in some pastoral areas, and crop diseases in the high potential areas.