Large-scale famine has been averted so far, thanks to scaled-up humanitarian response with the generous contributions received amounting to more than US$1 billion since the beginning of the year. Close to three million people are being reached per month with life-saving assistance and livelihood support, much of it delivered in the form of cash and vouchers. However, portions of the south and central Somalia still remain at particular risk of famine. Overall, an estimated 6.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, 3.1 million of whom require urgent life-saving assistance. Malnutrition rates have remained high with a GAM rate of 17.4 per cent while 3.2 per cent of the children under age 5 are severely malnourished. 17.4 per cent is above the emergency threshold of 15 per cent and shows an increase of 2.5 per cent since January. Humanitarian indicators in IDP settlements have also deteriorated, mainly due to overcrowding. Between November and September, more than a million people have been internally displaced due to drought and conflict. Suspected cases of AWD/cholera continued to decline from a peak of 5,306 cases in June to 93 in August, with no related deaths reported since August. WASH and Food security clusters have also increased their monthly reach in September compared to August when the number of people reached declined due to lack of funding. Nonetheless, sustained humanitarian response is required alongside a scale up of livelihoods assistance to prevent populations at risk from sliding further into crisis.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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