Somalia

UNICEF Somalia Humanitarian Situation Report #1, January 2016

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  • The 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Somalia was launched on 19 January 2016 in Mogadishu. The HRP is seeking to reach 3.5 million people with urgent life-saving assistance by the end of 2016. In line with the HRP, UNICEF is requesting US$82 million to meet the humanitarian needs of children in 2016.

  • On 21 January 2016, authorities in Puntland issued an appeal to assist populations affected by El Niño. The Humanitarian Affairs and Disasters Management Agency (HADMA) estimates that 213,000 people are affected by the drought. UNICEF and partners are scaling up efforts to respond to the emergency needs.

  • UNICEF’s social protection work in 2016 will focus on the roll-out of a year-long, monthly unconditional cash transfer to labour-constrained households. UNICEF supports predictable, long-term, resilienceoriented approaches to social protection, which incorporate prevention and promotional activities in addition to basic health and livelihood protection.

SITUATION IN NUMBERS

4.9 million # people in need of humanitarian and livelihood support

1.1 Million # people internally displaced

308,000 # acutely malnourished children under the age of 5

Humanitarian Funding needs January - December 2016 US$ 82.2 million

Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs

The 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Somalia was launched on 19 January 2016 in Mogadishu. The HRP is seeking to reach 3.5 million people with urgent life-saving assistance by the end of 2016. In line with the HRP, UNICEF is requesting US$82 million to meet the humanitarian needs of children in 2016. Humanitarian needs remain acute in Somalia with some 4.9 million people in need of life-saving and livelihoods support, including 1.1 million people internally displaced. Some 308,000 children under- 5, or one in eight children, are estimated to be acutely malnourished, 58,300 of them severely. The lack of access to basic services continues to undermine the resilience of communities. The operating environment remains constrained with parties to conflict engaging in activities that increase protection concerns for women and children.

On 21 January 2016, authorities in Puntland issued an appeal to assist populations affected by El Niño. The Humanitarian Affairs and Disasters Management Agency (HADMA) estimates that 213,000 people are affected by the drought. UNICEF and partners are scaling up efforts to respond to the emergency needs. Following the reported increase in cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) cases in Central South Zone, UNICEF and partners continue implementing AWD/Cholera prevention and response activities in targeted hotspots with daily chlorination of water points and the distribution of emergency supplies to support the practice of safe hygiene and household water treatment.