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17 Jan 2018 description


The unprecedented drought spanning over four consecutive poor rainy seasons has severely aggravated the humanitarian crisis in Somalia. Humanitarian needs have increased drastically due to limited rain, large-scale displacement, lack of access to basic services and, at its root, ongoing conflict

16 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

The humanitarian situation in Somalia has continued to deteriorate due to the ongoing impacts of drought and conflict. An estimated 6.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 3.1 million who urgently require sustained, life-saving services and protection.3 Despite the provision of large-scale assistance in 2017, the risk of famine persists.

15 Jan 2018 description


3.3 million people are experiencing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity

1.2 million acutely malnourished children expected in 2018

1 in 7 children dies before age 5

2.1 million internally displaced

Over 870 000 Somali refugees in neighbouring countries (sources: FEWS NET, FSNAU, UNHCR, UNICEF)

EU humanitarian funding: €119 million in 2017


07 Jan 2018 description

Mogadishu, Somalia, 7 January 2018 -- The Ministry of Health of the Federal Government of Somalia, in partnership with WHO and UNICEF, has today concluded a five-day national measles campaign, targeting 1 million children aged 6 months to 10 years in Puntland, and 4.2 million across the country.

In 2017, amidst a drought emergency, a total of 23,002 suspected measles cases were reported, which is alarmingly high compared to previous years. Among these cases, 83 per cent were children under 10 years of age.

31 Dec 2017 description

Situation Overview

Somalia continues to face drought conditions spanning over the last four consecutive poor rainy seasons that severely aggravated the humanitarian crisis. The current Deyr season (October – December) started late and performed approximately 50 per cent below average rainfall performance in most parts of the country. Slightly better than 2016, but crop production is expected to be limited. The first half of November by most parts of southern and central Somalia have received above-average rainfall (OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin, 2017).

27 Dec 2017 description


  • Humanitarian needs severe, long-term intervention required.

  • 2017 in review: famine averted.

  • Nutrition assistance reaches one million people.

  • Medical supplies to be prepositioned.

  • Polio vaccination campaign begins

  • Call to respect neutrality

  • The role of the diaspora in famine prevention

  • SHF releases an additional $12.3 million

  • Somalia Humanitarian Funding Trends 2010-2017

26 Dec 2017 description

As host to some of the world’s biggest emergencies, the Eastern Mediterranean Region carries the largest burden of people in need of aid, with more than 76 million people directly or indirectly affected by political conflict, environmental threats, and natural disasters.

21 Dec 2017 description


  • Almost half of the 12.3 million population of Somalia, 5.5 million people, are in urgent need of emergency health services. Insecurity, displacement, poor health seeking practices, concentration of health facilities in urban areas, as well as the continuous spread of measles, AWD/ Cholera and complications arising from severe malnutrition has complicated health crises in Somalia.

18 Dec 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund
  • 11.4 million children are at risk of of malnutrition, water shortages, lack of health services, child protection violations and disruption to their education
  • 758,000 children under-five are at risk of death and irreversible damage without access to critical nutrition
  • 7.6 million children are in need of water
  • At least 3.4 million children are at risk of dropping out of school
13 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • In 2017, 226,137 children with life threatening severe acute malnutrition have been admitted for treatment in UNICEF supported programs. 15,851 children were admitted in stabilization centres.
    Over 52 percent of the total admissions reported in districts hosting IDP communities, a trend that has continued through 2017.

11 Dec 2017 description

Mogadishu, Somalia, 11 December 2017 – A health conference on public health sector development was launched today by the Federal Government of Somalia’s Ministry of Health with support from The World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo).

07 Dec 2017 description

Mogadishu, 7 December 2017: - The Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) will allocate more than $12.3 million to get the famine prevention efforts for 2018 off to a timely start. These critical funds, part of the SHF Second 2017 Standard Allocation, will support 30 famine prevention projects in some of the worst-affected areas across Somalia. This standard allocation round, focusing primarily on national and international nongovernmental partners (98 per cent of funds), brings SHF funding for famine prevention response in 2017 to more than $57 million.

07 Dec 2017 description

Humanitarian needs are on the rise due to limited rain, displacement, lack of access to basic services and continuing conflict. Over one million people have been displaced due to drought and conflict in 2017, nearly two-thirds of these are under age 18. Deyr rains have been poor and approximately 50 per cent below average in most areas. Urgent and more sustainable mid to longer-term investment in reducing risk and vulnerability is required.

29 Nov 2017 description

Mogadishu, 29 November 2017: The unprecedented drought, spanning at least four consecutive poor rainy seasons, has resulted in severe and growing humanitarian needs across Somalia, according to the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) released today by the Somalia Humanitarian Country Team. Humanitarian needs are on the rise due to limited rain, displacement, lack of access to basic services and continuing conflict.