Humanitarian assistance continues across Somalia and as at mid-year about 658,000 Somalis or over 23 per cent of the 2.8 million target benefi ciaries had been assisted and protected through various interventions. Countrywide acute malnutrition levels were lowered from 14.9 to 12 per cent. During the same period, no polio cases were reported as a result of concerted vaccination campaigns against polio since 2014. This means the outbreak phase is likely to be declared over, although the risk of importation exists.
Building on this, partners continued to provide assistance and as at 30 June, partners had treated about 116,300 children under fi ve for acute malnutrition and reached 44,000 children with teaching activities and school feeding programmes. 538,000 people have been provided with temporary and sustainable access to safe water. 895,200 Somalis have received basic health services throughout the country while the protection cluster has reached 20,200 people with protection activities.
Funding across all clusters remains critically low. As of 30 July 2015, out of a required US$863 million, only $270 million (31 per cent) has so far been received. The shortfall has left 1.5 million people without primary healthcare services, including 300,000 children under fi ve. Hospitals in Dhobley, Gaalkacyo, Jowhar and Kismayo are on the verge of suspending healthcare services. This comes against a backdrop of an already deteriorating healthcare situation as a result of the closure of 20 health facilities in 2014 due to limited funding. Furthermore, about 400,000 vulnerable Somalis are at risk of not receiving much needed food and nutrition assistance as early as August 2015 due to similar funding constraints. Funded at only 6 per cent, the limited scope of activities carried out by the protection cluster is also of serious concern. This comes at a time when protection needs are high due to ongoing displacement and increase in reports of protection violations.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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