UNICEF Somalia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 3 - March 2020

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• Somalia reported its first confirmed COVID-19 case on 16 March 2020. Together with WHO and the members of the Humanitarian Country Team, UNICEF is currently supporting the Government of Somalia in the implementation of its COVID-19 response.

• UNICEF and implementing partners continued to scale up public health preparedness of supported facilities, whilst also ensuring a continuation of service delivery: 14,274 pregnant women attended the ANC1 and 2,654 gave birth assisted by a skilled birth attendant; 8,397 infants under the age of one year received measles vaccinations during the reporting period.

• Delivery of lifesaving nutrition treatment services across Somalia remains UNICEF’s priority. During the month of March, UNICEF and partners provided 15,220 severely malnourished children with lifesaving treatment, representing 11.4 percent of the UNICEF annual target.

• The number of reported Acute Watery Diarrhea cases remains low across Somalia, with 959 cases registered during the last four weeks of March according to WHO. During the month of March, UNICEF distributed 13 Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK) and 82 Acute Watery Diarrhea kits.

Funding Overview and Partnerships UNICEF’s 2020 Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appealed for $129 Million to address the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable children in Somalia. As of March 2020, the funding gap stands at 87 percent; in addition to responding to the ongoing multiple emergencies, additional funds are needed to address the emerging needs arising from the recent COVID-19 pandemic, to minimize the case fatality rate and to further prevent the spread of the disease.

UNICEF Somalia country office would like to extend its deep appreciation to its donors for their continued support that made the current emergency response possible in Somalia, and as needs continue to grow,
UNICEF welcomes predictable, flexible and multi-year funding.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

Somalia’s health system is still recovering from major shocks (conflict, natural disasters such as floods, ongoing cholera/acute watery diarrhoea [AWD] outbreaks) that have lasted for decades. The arrival and impact of COVID-19 across Somalia has been dramatic over the last few weeks, challenging the capacity of the country’s health system for screening, testing, tracing, and case management. The consequences of this transmission, if it takes a wider scale, would be catastrophic in a country already struggling with conflict, high levels of insecurity, soaring malnutrition, and AWD/cholera. Efforts are ongoing to scale up activities across all sectors to reach and meet the needs created due to the pandemic, while continuing to attempt to address the already existing tremendous humanitarian needs in the country. There is a very real concern that the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 will lead to major setbacks in the short, medium and long-term.