Somalia: Health Cluster Bulletin, July - August 2019

Report
from World Health Organization, Health Cluster
Published on 31 Aug 2019 View Original

Highlights

  • The Health Cluster rolled out the Integration of Gender and Gender Based Violence prevention and support into Health Cluster activities project in July

  • Second round of OCV carried out in of Heliwa, Kahda, Hamarjajab, Afgoi, Kismayo Districts and Balad was carried out between 3rd and 9th August 2019, reaching 616726 people.

  • World Breastfeeding week commemorated by Health Cluster Partners in different states

  • Preparations underway for the Humanitarian Needs Overview/Humanitarian Response Plan for 2020

Situation update

There was a poor start of the April-June 2019 Gu rainfall season that resulted in the deterioration in food security conditions across the region. The recent heavy and unseasonable rains in parts of the country caused limited flooding driving up risks for increased water and vector borne diseases.
The driver of health challenges and needs have been drought and or drought-like situation and unpredictable/patchy rainfall resulting in water shortages and worsening food-security and malnutrition rates. Rainfall was generally climatologically average for the country according to satellite-derived CHIRPS model preliminary data. Both the Shabelle and Juba water levels have continued to rise, and localized flooding was reported in riverine areas in Jowhar district of Middle Shabelle.

The EWARN sentinel sites reported least 340,000 to 600,000 patient consultations between the months of June to August 2019. In April, Health cluster monthly monitoring data suggested that key service coverage may be trending downwards; though there were concerns over completeness of partner reporting overall. This is true for number of outpatient consultations per person per year and births by skilled birth attendants.