Drought conditions, disease outbreaks, displacement, refugee returns and food insecurity continue to drive humanitarian needs in Somalia. An estimated 4.7 million people (38 per cent of the population) are in need of assistance.
AWD/ CHOLERA DECREASES
There has been a significant decline in Acute Watery Diarrhoea /cholera cases and deaths. Despite this, new cases were reported in parts of Belet Xawo, Bulo Burto, Belet Weyne, Janale, Qoryoley and Marka districts. This underscores the need to remain vigilant as gains are easily reversible.
Reported cases of AWD/cholera dropped from nearly 4,000 in April to 800 in August. Somalia Humanitarian Funding (SHF) and Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) funding of US$2.5 million in June, has been vital in containing the outbreak. The allocations supported complementary health, logistics and WASH activities in the most affected areas.
Despite uncertain statistics and data about the scope of Gender Based Violence (GBV), authorities in Somalia and international partners agree that GBV exists at unacceptable levels and must be curbed. GBV prevention and response activities by humanitarian partners include medical assistance for survivors of rape or sexual assault, psycho-social support, material and legal assistance. In the first half of 2016, over 138,000 people benefitted from GBV prevention, response and capacity building activities by humanitarian partners.
Nearly 21,700 Somalis have returned from Dadaab in Kenya since January 2016 within the framework of the voluntary repatriation exercise. Over 8,000 returned in August alone.
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