Somalia: Humanitarian Dashboard (October 2012) -Info graphic
Food security and nutrition is expected to improve as food prices remain stable in most markets across the country. Sorghum prices rose moderately between August and October as stocks diminished as a result of poor Gu (main rainy season) harvest. Maize prices however decreased as maize crops from Gu and off-season harvests entered the markets.
Additionally, prices of essential imported commodities such as diesel, vegetable oil, rice and wheat flour have remained either stable or decreased slightly in most markets.
On 22 October, the UN undertook a fact-finding mission to Kismayo and also delivered medical and surgical equipment to Kismayo Hospital. One of the key concerns raised by the mission is the potential for a polio outbreak given the Al Shabaab ban on polio vaccination three years ago.
WHO and UNICEF are ready for a polio campaign when security allows.
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