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23 Dec 2009 description

Main Developments

- A suicide attack on 3 December at Shamo Hotel in Mogadishu left 24 people dead, including four Transitional Federal Government (TFG) ministers, and more than 46 seriously injured. The hotel was hosting a graduation ceremony for medical students from Banadir University.

- According to the latest update from Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit's (FSNAU), there are signs of improvement in the overall food security in Somalia, following average and above average 2009 Deyr rains.

17 Dec 2009 description

KEY FINDINGS

There are signs of improvement in the overall food security situation in most livelihoods of Somalia, as a result of near normal crop performance, good pasture/browse conditions and improved water availability following average and above average Deyr '09 rains. The post-Deyr seasonal outlookis favourable in most agropastoral and riverine areas of Somalia. Cereal production is expected to be near normal in southern Somalia, as well as in the Cowpea Belt in southern and central parts of the country.

04 Dec 2009 description

Introduction

In its First Assessment Report in 1990, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that the gravest effects of climate change may be those on human mobility. Over the last year, some progress has been made within both the academic and the humanitarian policy community in seeking answers to some basic questions arising from this issue, such as how and where people are displaced, who and how many are displaced, and how (if at all) they are protected.

30 Nov 2009 description

The Somalia Health Cluster Bulletin provides an overview of the health activities conducted by the health cluster partners operating in Somalia.

The Health Cluster Bulletin is issued on a monthly basis; and is available online at www.emro.who.int/somalia/healthcluster

Contributions are to be sent to cluster@nbo.emro.who.int

20 Nov 2009 description

Buaale WFP office launched boat operations along Juba River after the roads became inaccessible due to the current heavy rains that have also increased the risk of excessive flooding along the river basin. During the reporting period two WFP boats were deployed for the team on nutrition screening missions in Sakow and Salagle. The boats are scheduled to transport 60 mt of food to five final distribution points in the Juba regions from Buaale.

15 Nov 2009 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

13 Nov 2009 description

Key Overall Developments

WHO has confirmed the Pandemic A (H1N1) 2009 for the first time in Somalia. Two out of 10 samples tested positive for novel H1N1 (pandemic strain) on 3 November 2009 in a referral laboratory in Nairobi, Kenya. Ethiopia and Kenya have already confirmed cases of H1N1, including from within refugee camps close to the Somali border.

10 Nov 2009 description

Heavy rains are severely affecting thousands of families displaced by the hostilities in Mogadishu who sought refuge between the capital and Afgoye. Many families moved to higher ground but are still exposed to the rain.

10 Nov 2009 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • International funding falls far short of U.N. requests

    - WHO sees outbreaks of diarrhoeal disease, cholera, measles

    GENEVA, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands more Somalis are on the brink of leaving their country, where floods have aggravated already desperate humanitarian conditions, United Nations agencies warned on Tuesday.

    Flooding this month has driven 16,000 more people from their homes in the Horn of African country where about 1.5 million have been uprooted since the start of 2007, said Elisabeth Byrs of the U.N.

10 Nov 2009 description
report Voice of America

By Alan Boswell

Nairobi 10 November 2009

Aid groups are raising increasing alarm over a delay in international food aid towards famine-stricken Somalia. Concerns over the misdirection of aid to an Islamic militant group has threatened contributions from the United States and other Western donors.

The World Food Program says nearly half the Somali population is in need of emergency food relief.

Ongoing lawlessness, plus a brutal drought has left much of central and southern Somalia with a severe food deficit, threatening millions of Somalis.

06 Nov 2009 description

Key Overall Developments

The Flood Information Group (FIG) estimates that at least 16,000 people have been displaced by flooding in Hiraan, Gedo and Lower Shabelle regions. The floods have damaged river embankments, collapsed latrines and contaminated shallow wells. Most of the displaced populations so far have been able to move to houses of relatives located in elevated places.

02 Nov 2009 description

Key Findings

The food security situation in all livelihoods of Somalia remains as classified during the post Gu '09 assessment (June-July '09). The early Deyr rains have begun to improve the situation in the drought affected north and the central areas. There is a good off-season cereal and cash crop production in Juba regions in the south. Cereal prices have decreased in the south, except in areas that suffered from Gu '09 crop failure.

01 Nov 2009 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

31 Oct 2009 description

The Somalia Health Cluster Bulletin provides an overview of the health activities conducted by the health cluster partners operating in Somalia.

The Health Cluster Bulletin is issued on a monthly basis; and is available online at www.emro.who.int/somalia/healthcluster

Contributions are to be sent to cluster@nbo.emro.who.int

31 Oct 2009 description

The Emergency Preparedness and Humanitarian Action (EHA) Newsletter provides a summarized overview of the current humanitarian health situation in Somalia and activities that WHO is carrying out in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

The newsletter is issued on a monthly basis and is available online at www.emro.who.int/somalia/CollaborativeProgrammes-eha.htm

Health events & situation …

31 Oct 2009 description

Main Developments

- Although early Deyr rains (October-December) have begun to improve the situation in some parts of Somalia, the overall food security situation in the country will not change in the coming six months. At least 3.6 million people, nearly 50 percent of the country's population, will continue to require humanitarian assistance or livelihood support.

- El Niño affected rains have increased the risk of flooding in southern Somalia. In October, localised flooding temporarily displaced up to 16,000 people.

30 Oct 2009 description

Key Overall Developments

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) says the general performance of the ongoing Deyr (October - December) rains throughout the country have so far been good. Field reports indicate that there were heavy rains in Belet Weyne, Hiraan and Ceel Waaq and Belet Hawa in Gedo. Some populations have been forced to move to higher ground as water has inundated their houses and some sanitation facilities which could cause health hazards.