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Press releases 2011

18-11-2011 Massive humanitarian response to Somalia famine has saved children’s lives

Following the release of the latest survey findings from the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) in Somalia, UNICEF welcomed the news of a decrease in the number of famine zones across south Somalia.


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04-11-2011 Emergency education survey completed; 13% of Somali students receiving food assistance in schools

In a recent emergency education survey, school personnel across central and southern Somalia indicated that school feeding, cash transfers, and take-home rations were among their top priorities. Yet the assessment found that only 13% of schools currently provide food assistance, revealing a missed opportunity to address the famine through school-based support to students.


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28-10-2011 UNICEF and partners race to prevent second wave of death in the Horn of Africa

One hundred days since famine was declared in parts of southern Somalia, UNICEF and its partners are doing their utmost to prevent a second and potentially more devastating wave of deaths from disease against a background of conflict.


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14-10-2011 Massive push to protect populations from malaria in Somalia's central south regions

As the rainy season starts in Somalia, UNICEF, WHO and partners are scaling up the response to a potential malaria outbreak with funding from the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) and the UK Department for International Development. 


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13-09-2011 UNICEF STARTS FOOD VOUCHER AND CASH TRANSFER PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES IN NEED IN SOUTHERN SOMALIA

UNICEF and its partners are striving to reach children and their families affected by famine and drought in southern Somalia with the start of a food voucher and cash transfer programme.
Cash transfers and vouchers in Somalia have already been proven to empower families to access food and other essential items on the local market.


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18-08-2011 Rapid response needed as cholera cases increase in southern Somalia

An urgent multi-sectoral response is being mounted to contain the spread of cholera with an increasing number of confirmed cases in Mogadishu and reports of growing numbers of acute watery diarrhoea. Some 75% of all cases of highly infectious acute watery diarrhoea are among children under the age of five.


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29-07-2011 Saving children in Southern Somalia must be first priority, UNICEF says
With an estimated 1.25 million children across Southern Somalia in urgent need of life saving interventions, UNICEF, along with its partners, has mounted a massive scale up of its operation and is using all avenues available to get supplies into the region.
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14-07-11 Emergency supplies airlifted to southern Somalia in response to worsening child malnutrition

UNICEF yesterday airlifted emergency nutrition supplies and water-related equipment to Baidoa, Bay region in southern Somalia, as part of its life-saving interventions to assist drought-affected children in Somalia and more supplies are en-route.


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11-03-11 Ongoing Somalia crisis is a children’s crisis says UNICEF - recent child casualties and detentions

In recent weeks, there has been fierce fighting between Somali government forces and armed groups in and around the capital city, Mogadishu, and other parts of south-central Somalia. Reliable sources reported that in Belet Hawa town on the border with Kenya, children were involved as fighters and a significant number of them were killed.


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1-03-11: UNICEF provides emergency relief to Somali children now facing drought in addition to conflict and displacement

In addition to the many other challenges they face, Somali children are currently battling the effects of drought following the failure of the seasonal (October to January) Deyr rains. To support these children and their families UNICEF is working to provide emergency relief services to over 900, 000 people across the country. Read Press release in Word below.


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24-01-11 UN CALLS ON INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO STEP UP SUPPORT AS SOMALIA MARKS 20 YEARS OF CONFLICT

As Somalia approaches the anniversary of two decades without a functioning national government, the UN called on the international community to step up its support to the war torn nation as it struggles to consolidate peace, stability and progress for its’ people.  


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