Since September, 419 measles cases have been officially recorded, 302 of which are children under five. (UNICEF, 13 Dec 2016)
This week IOM...launched a mass public health campaign to contain an ongoing measles outbreak in Kismayo...Through TV and radio, IOM, the Somali government and health partners are disseminating a series of public messages about measles...The six-day campaign is estimated to reach over 2,000 people in the most affected communities, as well as surrounding areas. (IOM, 16 Dec 2016.)
UNICEF and partners are aiming to vaccinate 54,000 children under 10 in Kismayo...There have been over 704 cases of fever and rashes in Kismayo, the majority of them children...Most were not vaccinated against measles although there are 16 free vaccination posts in Kismayo. (UNICEF, 16 Dec 2016.)
Between malnutrition and death, there is disease
23 February 2017 -- Somalia is on the brink of famine. An immediate scale-up of the drought response is required to prevent the worst-case scenario.
This report has been developed collectively with humanitarian partners in the region to inform preparedness and advocacy efforts to mitigate and manage humanitarian risk in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region*. It presents a three-month trend analysis from October to December 2016 and a humanitarian outlook from January to March 2017. It is the sixth report in the series and updates the previous scenario report which was published in October 2016.
Regional Trends: October-December 2016
Worldwide, humanitarian needs are rising, driven by conflicts that know no end, and chronic natural disasters whose effects last for years. Today more than 128 million people in 33 countries need humanitarian aid to survive — a figure not seen since the Second World War. “With this staggering level of need, now more than ever, world leaders need to step up their support to the world’s most vulnerable people,” says the UN’s Humanitarian Chief, Stephen O’Brien.
• 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.
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
FOREWORD BY THE HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR
Kismayo, Lower Juba, Somalia 16 December 2016 - UNICEF and partners are aiming to vaccinate 54,000 children under 10 in Kismayo, southern Somalia following a serious outbreak of measles.
There have been over 704 cases of fever and rashes in Kismayo, the majority of them children. Many of the children, suspected to be suffering from measles, are sleeping on the floor of Kismayo General Hospital. Most were not vaccinated against measles although there are 16 free vaccination posts in Kismayo.
Somalia - This week IOM, with support from the Government of Japan, launched a mass public health campaign to contain an ongoing measles outbreak in Kismayo, Somalia.
Through TV and radio, IOM, the Somali government and health partners are disseminating a series of public messages about measles. The messages will sensitize families about risk factors, aetiology, symptoms, signs and complications of the disease. The six-day campaign is estimated to reach over 2,000 people in the most affected communities, as well as surrounding areas.
By Kun Li
A recent outbreak of measles in Kismayo, Somalia has put additional strain on an already overwhelmed hospital. Learn how UNICEF is helping to fight the outbreak by getting children immunized.
KISMAYO, Somalia, 12 December 2016 – The cholera treatment centre at Kismayo General Hospital, the biggest hospital in Kismayo, hadn’t had any patients since the last outbreak was brought under control. But lately it has again been inundated with patients.
A total of 256 EWARN reports were received from 256 health facilities in all the states of Somalia.
The number of cases of AWD reported increased from 21 in week 38 to 26 in week 39. No cholera related death was reported during the week.
There was an increase in the number of measles suspected cases from 51 in week 38 to 76 in week 39
No rumor of cluster of health events was received during the week.
A total of 256 EWARN reports were received from 256 health facilities
There was 43,928 (57%) in the reduction of total consultations made from in the total number of consultation from 76,043 in week 36 to 32,115 in week 37. Majority of the consultation were seen in Somali land and Central zone. No reports were received from Puntland and South zone
There was a 74% reduction in the number of AWD cases reported from 102 in week 36 to 27 cases in week 37. No deaths attributed to AWD was reported during the week
There was an 18% increase in the total number of consultation from 63,943 in week 35 to 76043 in week 36. Majority of the consultation were seen in Somali land and Central zone
There was a 47% increase in the number of AWD cases reported from 69 in week 35 to 102 cases in week 36. No deaths attributed to AWD was reported during the week
There was a 42% increase in the number of measles cases reported from 101 in week 35 to 142 in week 36. No death was attributed to measles during the week.