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.
The health cluster through its partners has provided more than 2.9 million health consultations from the beginning of the year which is 68% of its yearly target. It has provided more than 265 thousand consultations in November alone which is 74% of its monthly target.
Since the start of the year, a total of 78,560 cumulative cases of AWD/cholera recorded from health facilities across the country and 1,159 deaths have been reported in 55 districts of 16 regions across Somalia. No cholera related deaths have been reported in November in any region across Somalia
The numbers of suspected cases of measles still remain at epidemic levels with 20,809 suspected cases of Measles reported mainly from Nugal, Mudug, Bari, Banadir and Lower Shabelle. Approximately 84% of these being under ten years of age. Although there has been a decline in recent months, the number of cases is 4 times as high as those reported in 2015 and 2016.