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UNICEF is requesting US$111,705,413 to meet the humanitarian needs of women and children in Somalia in 2015.

In 2015, UNICEF and partners plan for:

children suffering from SAM are treated


people have sustained access to safe water


vulnerable households are able to meet basic food and non-food needs with improved access to services in situations of crisis

2015 Requirements: US$111,705,413

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Total affected population: 3.2 million
Total affected children: 2.3 million

Total people to be reached in 2015: 3.2 million
Total children to be reached in 2015: 2.3 million

Somalia is at risk of sliding further into crisis as gains made since 2011’s famine are eroded by conflict, drought, floods, weak basic services, rising food prices, access constraints and reduced humanitarian funding. The military offensive against anti-Government elements has caused significant displacement since March 2014. Over 1 million people (62 per cent IDPs) require lifesaving assistance and 2.16 million people remain highly vulnerable to shocks. Acute malnutrition in children under-5 has increased to 218,000, including 43,800 with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). Extremely low immunization rates have led to almost 9,000 measles cases in 2014 and five confirmed polio cases since June 2014. Drought in many areas threatens food security while major floods in other areas threaten lives and livelihoods. 3.2 million Somalis lack access to health care, 1.7 million children lack access to education and 2.75 million people lack sustainable access to WASH services. Sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) against women and girls is widespread and armed groups commit grave violations against children. Road blockages, illegal checkpoints and active hostilities on main supply routes require airlifting supplies, thereby increasing humanitarian costs and limiting the scope of the response..

Humanitarian strategy

2015 Programme Targets


  • 150,000 children suffering from SAM are treated


  • 2,300,000 children under-5 receive polio vaccine
  • 300,000 children under-1 immunized against measles
  • 30,000 pregnant women have access to skilled birth attendants at health facilities


  • 221,200 people have sustained access to safe water
  • 500,000 emergency-affected persons benefiting from hygiene and sanitation promotion messages

Child protection

  • 5,400 survivors of gender-based violence, abuse and violence assisted
  • 2,000 children associated with armed conflict reintegrated into their communities


  • 30,000 children and adolescents have access to temporary and transitional learning spaces

Social protection

  • 30,000 vulnerable households are able to meet basic food and non-food needs with improved access to services in situations of crisis

In 2015 UNICEF aims to prevent mortality and morbidity, increase access to services and promote community resilience by building capacity to anticipate and cope with shocks. Polio eradication remains a priority and efforts will be made to immunize all children. UNICEF will implement emergency vaccination campaigns around Somalia to prevent any further measles outbreaks. UNICEF will provide a package of curative, promotive and preventive nutrition interventions, while strengthening the implementation capacity of authorities, partners and communities. UNICEF will promote access to safe water and emergency sanitation; extend community-led total sanitation approaches to flood, drought and disease-prone areas; and maintain immediate response capacity through 10 supply hubs. UNICEF supports the disengagement and reintegration of children associated with armed groups, monitors and reports on grave violations, prevents and responds to GBV and works to improve access, quality and capacity for the provision of emergency education. UNICEF will ensure that basic lifesaving interventions take place in newly accessible areas. UNICEF co-leads the WASH, Nutrition and Education clusters, and Child Protection and GBV working groups. UNICEF programmes will be implemented using a resilience approach that provides equitable and integrated prevention, promotion and referral services while strengthening community structures, surveillance systems and community mobilization.

Results from 2014

As of mid-November, a total of US$55,872,530 was available against the 2014 appeal1. UNICEF admitted 123,095 severely malnourished children under-5 into therapeutic feeding programmes, provided support for 323,665 children under-5 to access essential health services and enabled 98,656 pregnant women to attend antenatal visits. Some 258,000 people have been provided with access to clean drinking water and 249,874 people have new and sustained access to safe water. The number of beneficiaries reached was greater than the initial target as UNICEF and partners responded to additional emergency needs in Jowhar and Baidoa, and reported waterborne disease outbreak and displacements. UNICEF assisted 60,100 vulnerable people with direct cash transfers, enabling them to meet critical needs. UNICEF supported efforts to identify, trace and reunify 907 separated and unaccompanied children and assist 3,424 children and women survivors of violence. The resilience programme is building the capacity of local communities to take care of their health and protect and educate their children. Efforts to provide children with access to emergency education have been hampered by a complete lack of funding. Implementation is challenged by limited humanitarian access and severe funding gaps while the urgent needs of women and children are increasing.

Funding requirements

In line with the country’s inter-agency 2015 Strategic Response Plan, UNICEF is requesting US$111,705,413 to meet the humanitarian needs of women and children in Somalia in 2015. This funding will facilitate the continuity of basic services for the most vulnerable populations and will contribute to building resilience in the face of future shocks. Without additional funding UNICEF will be unable to support delivery of lifesaving health, nutrition and WASH programmes to provide essential services to millions of at-risk Somali children and families, and avoid deterioration similar to that of the 2011 famine.

1 Figure exclusive of funds carried forward from 2013.