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In Somalia, emergency airlifts supply towns unreachable by road

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.

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UNICEF Somalia Humanitarian Situation Report - July 2014


  • 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.

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Somalia Nutrition Cluster April - June 2014 Quarterly Bulletin

In this issue:

  1. Situation Overview , including a recent map.

  2. Highlights (Updates and Upcoming Activities).

  3. Cluster Objectives.

  4. Programme Performance Outcomes.

  5. SAACID experience in the Mogadishu IDP

Situation Overview

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Somali Government and partners renew commitment to end preventable deaths of mothers and children

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.

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Polio transmission still not yet over in Somalia

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.

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EU support reduces child mortality in Somalia

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.

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Concerted international efforts needed to avert crisis in Somalia and Yemen, say UN Emergency Directors [EN/AR]

The Emergency Director of UNICEF said that in both countries, the humanitarian community was "working courageously on two tracks - immediate response, and resilience building" despite dangerously low funding levels.

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Measles threatens thousands of Somali children

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.

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UNICEF Somalia Monthly SitRep 5, May 2014


  • 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.

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Essential Package of Health Services launched in Somalia to improve maternal and child health


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.

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UNICEF Somalia Monthly SitRep 4, April 2014


  • 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.

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UNICEF Somalia Monthly SitRep 2, February 2014


  • 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.

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Recruitment and use of children in government forces in conflict must end

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.

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UNICEF Somalia Monthly SitRep #12, December 2013


  • 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.

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2014 Action humanitaire de l’UNICEF pour les enfants - Vue d’ensemble

L'UNICEF demande 2,2 milliards de dollars É.-U. pour aider 59 millions d'enfants en situation d'urgence

Le plus important appel d’urgence jamais lancé. Près de 40 pour cent à destination de la Syrie et la région

GENÈVE, 21 février 2014 – L’UNICEF a demandé aujourd'hui près de 2,2 milliards de dollars É.-U. pour apporter une aide humanitaire vitale à 85 millions de personnes, dont 59 millions d'enfants, en 2014. Ces personnes vivent dans 50 pays en conflit ou frappés par des catastrophes naturelles et autres situations d'urgence complexes.

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Acción Humanitaria para la Infancia 2014 Resumen

59 millones de niños viven en situaciones de emergencia en 50 países

UNICEF necesita 2.200 millones de dólares para ayudar a estos niños y sus familias. Es su mayor llamamiento de emergencia de la historia y casi un 40% responde a las necesidades de Siria y la región

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EU and UNICEF boost their partnership to improve child and maternal health and to save more children - Joint press release

Urgent aid to the Central African Republic also discussed at UNICEF Executive Board meeting

NEW YORK, 4 February 2014 – The European Union announced today that it has allocated €320 million ($431 million) through UNICEF to improve the health and nutrition of children and women in 15 developing countries and to help speed progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

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Communiqué de presse commun - L’UE et l’UNICEF renforcent leur partenariat pour améliorer la santé des enfants et des mères et pour sauver plus d’enfants

La question d’une aide humanitaire d’urgence pour la République centrafricaine a également été discutée lors de la réunion du Conseil d’administration de l’UNICEF

NEW YORK, 4 février 2014 – L’Union européenne a annoncé aujourd’hui l’octroi de 320 millions d’euros (431 millions de dollars É.-U.) par l’intermédiaire de l’UNICEF pour améliorer la santé et l’alimentation des enfants et des femmes dans quinze pays en développement et pour permettre d’accélérer les progrès vers la réalisation des Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement (OMD).

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In Somaliland, volunteer vaccinators help contain the threat of polio

Watch how volunteer vaccinators are helping fight polio in Somaliland

By Susannah Price

In northern Somalia, volunteer vaccinators are trying to contain the country’s recent outbreak of polio – and so far, they’re succeeding.