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04 Aug 2017 description

Mogadishu – In the wake of a severe drought in Somalia that has displaced more than 800,000 people, the Government of Somalia has joined forces with IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to enhance its drought response capacity.

04 Aug 2017 description
report European Union

Spanish Navy warship, ESPS Rayo, has completed a successful escort of a World Food Programme (WFP) ship, MV Al Safa, to the port of Bossaso in Somalia. MV Al Safa was chartered by the WFP to take urgently needed food to the people of Somalia, under the protection of an EU NAVFOR warship.

04 Aug 2017 description
report Irish Aid

Severe humanitarian crises are affecting a number of countries across East Africa – in large parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Kenya millions of people are living in dire circumstances. These crises are driven by drought and conflict, often resulting in large-scale displacement of people from their homes. Ireland is responding to the crises through our humanitarian assistance programme, managed by Irish Aid.

04 Aug 2017 description
report Oxfam

KEY STATISTICS

22.9 Million people affected by drought in the region

13.6 Million people are facing Crisis and Emergency Food Insecurity

15 million people won’t have access to safe drinking water in 2017

84,575 cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD)/Cholera have been reported in 2017 – with 1,546 associated deaths

1.8 million people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia have been displaced by drought conditions

04 Aug 2017 description
report World Bank

MOGADISHU, August 1, 2017- Somalia’s economy is projected to grow at a steady, nominal annual rate of 5% to 7% over the medium-term, according to the second Somalia Economic Update to be published by the World Bank Group. "Mobilizing Domestic Revenue to Rebuild" assesses the prospects for domestic revenue mobilization to support crucial public services and expand economic opportunity.

03 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FEWS NET issues alert for food security emergency in Ethiopia’s Somali Region

  • Risk of Famine—IPC 5—levels of acute food insecurity persists in Somalia

  • USG announces an additional $169 million to support humanitarian interventions in Ethiopia and Kenya

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

03 Aug 2017 description

Severe drought is expected to deepen until the start of the Deyr rainy season in October. The food security and nutrition situation is not expected to improve in some parts of Somalia through the end of 2017, according to FAO-FSNAU post-Gu preliminary results. Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) prevalence is ‘Critical’ at above 15 per cent in 9 out of 12 Internally Displaced People settlements surveyed by FSNAU. More than 3 million people are being reached each month with humanitarian assistance and protection.

DISEASE OUTBREAKS

02 Aug 2017 description

Muna*, a 31-year-old mother of eight, has seen her farm in Somalia grow, even as the country suffers from a severe drought and risk of famine. Muna also cares for her elderly mother and ill nephew, and is expecting this season’s harvest to be large enough to feed her family for up to six months with sorghum and beans left over to sell at market.

02 Aug 2017 description
report AmeriCares

Stamford, Conn. – Aug. 2, 2017 – Americares has made a commitment to provide treatment for tens of thousands of children and adults suffering from malnutrition and the world’s worst cholera outbreak.

The health-focused relief and development organization plans to increase its aid deliveries for the hunger and health crisis, with a goal of providing treatment supplies to care for 60,000 patients in the Horn of Africa and Yemen by the end of the year.

02 Aug 2017 description

Latest updates:

Mauritania is now out of the ranking

Mauritania has longstanding food security challenges, which has contributed to malnutrition, most of which are in the south and eastern parts of the country. This is compounded by over 50,000 Malian refugees who fled violence since 2012.

02 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

Number of returnees: 2,151 Somali refugees returned to Somalia

Core relief items: 674 CRIs distributed to 513 households (1,975 returnees)

Education: 283 newly enrolled students

Reinstallation grants: 2,434 returnees provided with reinstallation grants

Shelters: 140 shelters constructed

Community-based projects; 1,979 beneficiaries of community-based projects

02 Aug 2017 description

The European Commission and the Federal and South West State government have launched a EUR 5.9 million drought response recovery programme to support 41 communities from Xudur, Qansadhere, and Buur Hakaba severely affected by the hunger crisis.

The European Commission and the Federal and South West State government today launched a EUR 5.9 million drought response recovery programme to support 41 communities of the districts of Xudur, Qansadhere, and Buur Hakaba severely affected by the hunger crisis in South West State of Somalia.

02 Aug 2017 description

Background

Health

• In Somalia, the current AWD/cholera outbreak has affected more than 20,317 with over 469 deaths (CFR=2.3%).

• More than 51% of these cases are in one (1) region – Bay and over 90.6% in five (5) regions of Bay,
Bakol, Gedo, Benadir, and Lower Shabelle.

02 Aug 2017 description
report IRIN

Ahmed Hussein’s perfectly white teeth seem too big for his mouth; his upper arms look like they belong to a little boy, not a 23-year-old man.

Propped up on an iron bed, Hussein laughs and says he always was slim. But he is clearly malnourished. Hussein arrived at Mogadishu’s Bandir Hospital a day earlier with his mother and two sisters, all suffering from acute watery diarrhoea: a tell-tale sign of cholera. A nurse at the hospital told IRIN she believed the whole family got sick from the same water source.

02 Aug 2017 description

New Zealand will provide a further $4.85 million in relief to humanitarian crises across Africa and Yemen, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced.

“About 20 million people are at risk of famine and require urgent support across Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen,” Mr Brownlee says.

“In many places, the combination of drought conditions, alongside conflict and outbreaks of cholera, is affecting thousands of people.

01 Aug 2017 description

Key Points

• Strong commitment from field leadership and operational actors on NWOW needs to be backed by unified direction from headquarters. There is a need for a clear roadmap from the UNDG and IASC to move forward systemically.

01 Aug 2017 description

Large populations to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) through January 2018

Key Messages

01 Aug 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

01 Aug 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.