- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Oct 2014, Issued on 24 Nov 2014
- FEWS NET Food Security Outlook Update Nov 2014
- Amnesty Int'l: Forced returns to south and central Somalia, including to al-Shabaab areas: A blatant violation of international law
Appeals & Funding
- Strategic Response Plan 2015
- Humanitarian Needs Overview 2015
- CHF (Common Humanitarian Fund)
• 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.
Galkayo, Somalia, 22 July 2014 – Despite an ongoing intensive vaccination campaign, four new cases of polio have been confirmed in Somalia this year bringing the total number of those affected since the outbreak began in May 2013 to 198 – most of them children. UNICEF and WHO have warned that unless all children are vaccinated, the number of those affected will continue to rise.
MOGADISHU/BRUSSELS, 09 July 2014 - The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) is providing three million Euros (over USD3.8 million) to UNICEF Somalia to help reduce child mortality caused by severe acute malnutrition and diarrhoea among children under five years old and emergency-affected populations.
(New York, 2 July 2014): John Ging, Operations Director for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and Ted Chaiban, Emergency Director of UNICEF, told media after a week-long mission to Somalia and Yemen that urgent action is needed to prevent worsening in crises in both of these fragile contexts, addressing both immediate needs and long term drivers of instability.
Mogadishu, Garowe, Hargeisa, 10 June 2014 – Outbreaks of measles in several regions have left thousands of Somali children at risk of disability or death if they are not urgently vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.
In March and April 2014 there were over 1350 suspected cases of measles – four times the number seen during the same period last year and nearly 1000 cases were reported in May alone.
A measles outbreak was declared in May with 3,286 suspected cases reported since January. UNICEF and partners have conducted small-scale emergency response campaigns and are preparing further vaccination activities around the country. Less than one third of Somali children have been vaccinated against measles, with only 15 per cent of children in inaccessible areas receiving vaccinations.
JOINT PRESS RELEASE
Mogadishu, 6 May 2014 – The Somali Federal Government with the support of three United Nations agencies today launched a major new scheme to provide a comprehensive range of free health services to all Somalis.
UNICEF will have to suspend essential health services for over 3 million people, more than 620,000 of them children under-5 and 279,265 pregnant or lactating women, in Central South Somalia due to a lack of funding. Recent outbreaks of measles, the imperative of continuing polio immunisations to ensure Somalia regains its “polio free” status, as well as the potential worsening of child and maternal mortality rates underscore the need to support continued delivery of lifesaving health services, immunisations and essential drugs.
Considerable social mobilisation efforts including engagement with religious leaders, community awareness activities, radio, TV and mobile phone messages for the polio vaccination campaign have enabled 345,007 children under-5 to be vaccinated this year with no new cases since December. However a funding gap of $13 million exists for 2014‘s polio response.
Joint Press Release
UN Special Representative for Children and Armed conflict and UNICEF unveil ‘Children, not Soldiers’ campaign
NEW YORK, 6 March 2014 – Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Ms. Leila Zerrougui and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today unveiled a new effort to end the recruitment and use of children in government forces in conflict by 2016.
Events to commemorate the World AIDS Day were convened all over Somalia and included sports activities, performances by local traditional dancers and singers and official receptions focusing on awareness-raising.
General decrease in the total new admissions for nutrition services since January to date across all regions due to closure of nutrition programmes across the country as humanitarian funding levels have reduced significantly.