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22 Mar 2017 description
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  • UNICEF has revised its humanitarian strategy for 2017 to focus on immediate life-saving measures needed to advert famine. UNICEF has revised its Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) requirements for Somalia from US$66.1 million to US$147.9 million to meet the increased humanitarian needs of children due to the rapidly deteriorating drought situation which is now affecting most of the country.

21 Mar 2017 description
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  • At the time of the missions, an Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera outbreak had reportedly killed 10 people over two days. Local authorities, youth groups and NGOs have set-up a cholera treatment centre (CTC) and report that the majority of cases are coming from neighbouring villages.

  • Following the withdrawal of the Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF) and the Somalia National Armed Forces (SNAF) from Tieglow and Rabduhure and Tieglow, 840 IDP households have arrived in Xudur.

08 Mar 2017 description
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  • Should the 2017 Gu season perform very poorly, and humanitarian assistance not reach populations affected by drought, there is a risk of famine (IPC Phase 5) unfolding in the second half of 2017. As the situation continues to deteriorate, malnutrition is expected to increase with more than 200,000 children expected to become severely malnourished.

08 Mar 2017 description
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Quarter of funds will go towards humanitarian work, including famine response

STOCKHOLM, 7 March 2017 – The Government of Sweden has just announced an $80 million contribution to support UNICEF’s life-saving work around the world. A significant part of the new funds – $20 million– will be allocated to UNICEF’s humanitarian work in countries affected by wars and other emergencies.

08 Mar 2017 description
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  • A negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) resulted in below average rainfall over East Africa and led to drought situations in Somali, Oromia and SNNP regions. The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate and more than 4.2 million people in these regions are targeted to receive food aid in 2017 (out of a total of 5.6 million people estimated to require food assistance in Ethiopia in 2017). These people are also in critical need of emergency water, health and nutrition services.

28 Feb 2017 description
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UNICEF calls for implementation of six-point agenda for action to keep refugee and migrant children safe

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 28 February 2017 – Refugee and migrant children and women are routinely suffering sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention along the Central Mediterranean migration route from North Africa to Italy, UNICEF warned in a new report.

25 Feb 2017 description
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  • About 2.7 million people in Kenya are now in need of relief assistance, up from 1.3 million in August 20161 . The President of Kenya declared a national disaster on 10 February 2017 and has called for international support.

  • The results of SMART surveys conducted in January and February 2017 to monitor the emergency nutrition situation show very high levels of global acute malnutrition (GAM) (above 30 per cent) in three northern counties (Turkana North, North Hor of Marsabit, and Mandera)

22 Feb 2017 description
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  • The revised hotspot woredas list (December 2016) classified 34 additional hotspot woredas as compared with the last classification which took place in July 2016. Of the 192 hotspot woredas, 67 are found in the Somali region, 43 are in Oromia, nine are in SNNP and 23 are in Afar region.

  • UNICEF has procured 200,000 tubes of scabies treatment cream permethrin 5 per cent, and 200,000 more tubes are in the pipeline. A total of 750,000 tubes have been procured by UNICEF since early 2016.

21 Feb 2017 description
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NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 21 February 2017 – Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.

“Time is running out for more than a million children,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We can still save many lives. The severe malnutrition and looming famine are largely man-made. Our common humanity demands faster action. We must not repeat the tragedy of the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa.”

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
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• 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
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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
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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.