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24 Dec 2008 description

Overview

Nutrition Situation in Somalia

In November 2008, FSAU, in collaboration with partners, conducted six nutrition surveys in Somalia using the standard survey methodology1. The population groups assessed were: IDPs in Bosasso and Shabelle regions, pastoralists in the Hawd and Addun livelihood zones and the agro-pastoralists and riverine livelihood zones in the Shabelle regions (See Map 1). One further assessment was conducted in the Bosasso urban population using the LQAS methodology.

01 Dec 2008 description

Although the seasonal rains between late Sept to early November were largely normal in the drought affected pastoral regions of Central Somalia, the Humanitarian Crisis is continuing as confirmed by recent FSAU and partner nutrition surveys results (November 13-21, '08), which indicate continuing high rates of global acute malnutrition (GAM) of 18.8% and 21%. Even more alarming are the levels of severe malnutrition (SAM) at 3.8% and 5.8%, which is elevated from 2.3% and 2.8% in the May 2008 nutrition surveys.

21 Nov 2008 description

Overall, Deyr rains are considered to be normal, resulting in regeneration of pasture, normal crop establishment and improved water availability. The outlook for the Deyr season is expected to be normal in most of the central and south. Pasture, and water availability has improved and migration patterns are resuming to normal in most areas. Cereal crop establishment and development is good in main producing areas of the south.

31 Oct 2008 description

Overview

Nutrition Situation:

In October 2008 FSAU, in collaboration with partners, commenced the second cycle of seasonal nutrition surveys for the Deyr '08/09 season.

26 Aug 2008 description

1. Actions to increase humanitarian space to ensure that growing number of populations in need, receive assistance.

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26 Aug 2008 description

More than 3.2 Million People in Humanitarian Crisis

The humanitarian disaster unfolding in Somalia is one of the worst in world. The scale, magnitude and speed at which the crisis is deteriorating are alarming and profound. Within the first six months of this year, the number of people requiring emergency livelihood and humanitarian support increased 77%, from 1.83 million to 3.25 million, affecting 43% of the entire population of the country, according to the just released FSAU Post Gu '08 Assessment. The level of human suffering and deprivation is shocking.

23 Jul 2008 description

Although the findings of the post Gu assessment will not be out before August, it is evident that the total number of people in need of humanitarian assistance (AFLC and HE), will increase from the current 2.6 million over the next six months and in the worst case scenerio could reach up to 3.5 million people by the end of the year. This is due to the combined impact of the poor Gu rains, the sustained and still increasing food prices, continuing currency devaluation, and increased conflict and civil insecurity.

04 Jul 2008 description

Overview

Nutrition Situation: Findings from recent nutrition assessments in South Central Somalia indicate sustained unacceptably high rates of acute malnutrition*, above the emergency thresholds, with further deterioration in parts of the region.

In May 2008, FSAU and partner agencies conducted a total of eleven nutrition assessments in Shabelle, Gedo, Bakool, Central and Nugal regions.

09 May 2008 description

Key Issues

The humanitarian situation in Somalia is deteriorating at an accelerated pace due to the combination of sky rocketing food prices, a significantly devalued Somali Shilling, a deepening drought following an abnormally harsh dry season and a delayed and poor start to the seasonal rains (mid-April to June), and increasing civil insecurity. As result the number of people in need of assistance has increased to 2.6 million people (35% of the total population), which is an increase of more than 40% since January '08 (up from 1.83 million).

This increase is mainly due to the …

30 Apr 2008 description

The Food Security Analysis Unit for Somalia (FAO/FSAU) confirms that the humanitarian situation in Somalia is deteriorating at an accelerated pace due to sky rocketing food prices, a deepening drought due to an abnormally harsh dry season and a delayed and poor start to the seasonal rains (mid-April to June). As a result the number of the number of people in need of assistance has increased to 2.6 million people in Somalia (35% of the total population), which is an increase of more than 40% since January '08.

30 Apr 2008 description

GENERAL OVERVIEW

Nutrition Situation

El Berde District, Bakool Region Preliminary Findings:

FSAU, IMC and SRCS conducted a 2 stage cluster sampling nutrition assessment in El Berde District, Bakool Region, in April 2008. The results indicated a Very Critical nutrition situation with global acute malnutrition (GAM) levels of 24.1% (18.5-29.7) and severe acute malnutrition (SAM) levels of 2.8% (1.2-4.4). These results are very alarming and warrant immediate intervention.

11 Apr 2008 description
Populations in AFLC & HE, January - June '08, Revised April '08

Affected Regions

UNDP 2005 Total Population (1)
Assessed and Contingency Population in AFLC and HE
Acute Food and Livelihood Crisis
(AFLC)
Humanitarian Emergency (HE)
Total in AFLC or HE
as % of Region