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Communication for Development work on Polio in Puntland
January 2015 - In 2013 Somalia saw its first outbreak of polio in 6 years and a massive vaccination campaign followed mostly targeting children under five but also the under ten year olds and adults.

FAO, WHO & UNICEF join forces to fight against polio, measles and livestock diseases
17 December 2014 - Three UN agencies working in Somalia have combined efforts in a national vaccination campaign partly aimed at eradicating polio which causes lifelong paralysis or even death.

Somalia’s social mobilizers are key to the fight against polio
18 November 2014: Nearly two hundred people in Somalia – most of them children – have been affected by an outbreak of polio which began last year. However so far since 2014, there have been only five cases of polio, which causes paralysis and even death.

Agreement signed to decentralize health service delivery in Puntland
15 October 2014 – The Ministry of Health in Puntland has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Mayors of Bosasso, Garowe and Gardo Districts to decentralize health service delivery in Puntland.

New cold chain in Puntland to improve immunization services for children
10 October 2014 - UNICEF and the Puntland Ministry of Health inaugurated a brand new central cold chain and offices for the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), which will help to ensure that children in the region receive lifesaving vaccinations.

UNICEF uses emergency airlifts to save the lives of children in areas unreachable by road
15 September 2014 - Amid a changing security situation in Somalia, UNICEF and other UN agencies are using all means possible to bring life-saving supplies to families cut off from the outside world for months or years.

Somali Government and partners renew commitment to end preventable deaths of mothers and children
19 August 2014 – The Somali Federal Government, with support of 3 United Nations agencies and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, today launched two important initiatives and a report to ensure the health and wellbeing of mothers and children

UN agencies overcome hurdles to visit remote Somalia to investigate polio outbreak
August 2014 - UN agencies in Somalia combined forces once again to help a joint UNICEF and WHO team to visit a remote district of Puntland in north east Somalia where four people have contracted polio this year.

Polio transmission still not yet over in Somalia
22 July 2014 – Despite an ongoing intensive vaccination campaign, four new cases of polio have been confirmed in Somalia this year bringing the total number of those affected since the outbreak began in May 2013 to 198 – most of them children.

Central Emergency Response Fund allocates $1.4 million to fight measles outbreak in Somalia
14 July 2014: The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$1.4 million for an emergency campaign to combat the outbreak of measles in Somalia, that has already left thousands of children at risk of disability and death.

Toddler in northern Somalia is paralysed by polio – one of four new cases this year
16 July 2014 –Two and half year old Asha Mohamed sits in her mother’s lap, playfully hiding her face behind her hands. She used to follow her mother, Anod Abdi Hassan, all round the house until she contracted polio earlier this year.

EU support reduces child mortality in Somalia
09 July 2014 - The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department is providing three million Euros to UNICEF Somalia to help reduce child mortality caused by severe acute malnutrition and diarrhoea...

Somali mother walks for three days to find treatment for her severely malnourished toddler
7 July 2014 - When 18-month -old son Muhudin Sharrif began losing weight, vomiting and suffering from diahorrea, his mother Halimo Madey tried the only treatment available in the remote area of south central Somalia where they live.

Child Health Days reinforce routine immunization in Somalia
1 July 2014 - Every year thousands of children in Somalia die needlessly from preventable diseases – and the annual World Immunization Week aims to put a stop to that with social mobilizers persuading mothers to bring their children to be vaccinated.

Measles threatens thousands of Somali children
10 June 2014 – Outbreaks of measles in several regions have left thousands of Somali children at risk of disability or death if they are not urgently vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.

Essential Package of Health Services launched in Somalia to improve maternal and child health
6 May 2014 – The Somali Federal Government with the support of three United Nations agencies today launched a major new scheme to provide a comprehensive range of free health services to all Somalis.

Combating malnutrition in Somaliland
19 March 2014 – When two year old Yusuf Hashi was admitted to the nutrition Stabilization Centre at Hargeisa Hospital, Somaliland, he weighed just over eight kilogrammes – half the weight of a healthy toddler.

In Somaliland, volunteer vaccinators help contain the threat of polio
18 December 2013 – In May 2013, the first case of polio seen in Somalia in more than six years was announced in Mogadishu. Plans for mass vaccination campaigns were drawn up.

World Aids Day marked by sports, performances and awareness raising meetings in Somalia
1 December 2013 - Events to commemorate World AIDS Day 2013 were convened all over Somalia including sports activities, performances by local traditional dancers and singers and official receptions focusing on awareness raising.

Upgrades in care save the lives of mothers and newborns in Somalia
29 November 2013 – Layla Darhir groans. Midwife Foosiya Omer quickly shifts her full attention to the 28-year-old, who has been in labour for six hours.

Historic Somali Joint Health and Nutrition Programme signed
November 2013 - The Somali health authorities, along with three UN agencies and development partners, have renewed their resolve to work together to improve the health of mothers and children and to strengthen the Somalia Health Care System.

A major campaign to stop the spread of polio
14 August 2013 – The mother of 3-year-old Mohamed Seef Naasir never realized the importance of vaccinating her children against polio until it was too late. The family lives hand-to -mouth in a makeshift shelter in a camp in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Breastfeeding is the cheapest and most effective life-saver in history – UNICEF
1 August 2013 – During World Breastfeeding Week starting today, UNICEF is focusing on breastfeeding as the most effective and inexpensive way of saving a child’s life.

Increasing numbers of children paralysed by polio in Somalia
9 July 2013 - Since the first tragic case of polio in Somalia for six years was discovered in the capital Mogadishu, nearly 50 children have suffered paralysis as a result of the virus. And that number is expected to rise.

The European Commission gives 4.5 million Euros to reduce Somali child deaths from malnutrition
8 July 2013 –The European Commission has donated 4.5 million Euros (5.8 million dollars) to UNICEF Somalia to help save the lives of children in Somalia at risk from malnutrition and diarrhea.

Six years after its last reported case, polio outbreak confirmed in Somalia
23 May 2013 - The first confirmed case of the Wild Poliovirus in more than six years has been reported in Somalia. The case occurred in a two-year old girl from the capital Mogadishu.

Historic vaccine to save children's lives launched in Somalia
25 April 2013 - Six month old Abdul Wahab sleeps peacefully in his mother’s arms, unaware that that he has just become one of the first children in Somalia to be injected with the ground breaking, five- in- one Pentavalent vaccine.

Children in Somalia to receive new vaccination against deadly diseases
24 April 2013 – The Somali authorities have launched today a new five-in-one-vaccine against several potentially fatal childhood diseases which could save thousands of young lives.

UNICEF leads Child Health Days to stem the tide of preventable childhood diseases across Somalia
10 December 2012 – The journey to defeat the diseases that kill thousands of children every year in Somalia starts in the chilly light of dawn.

Months after famine conditions have ended, health centres across southern Somalia help children suffering from malnutrition
13 November 2012 – Ten-month-old Ifrah Mohamed Abdi was born as the first famine declared in more than 20 years in Africa held its grip on the village in which her family has lived for generations.

“My daughter died because I did not know about these things”: The tragic potential of poor hygiene in Somalia
GUGUH, Somaliland, 28 November 2011 - Amina, mother of seven, talks about how she came to know about the importance of hygiene practices.

Simple rules of hygiene help reduce malnutrition among Somali children
BOSSASO, Puntland, 28 Nov 2011 - Read about new initiative, supported by UNICEF, with UKaid funding, to improve basic hygiene and sanitation in Somalia’s family homes to reduce child illnesses and malnutrition.

Efforts to promote exclusive breastfeeding in Somalia- Q&A with a trained counsellor
HARGEISA, Northwest Somalia “Somaliland”, 20 September 2011 - Kultan Hussein, Somali Red Crescent Society national health officer, is a trained counsellor advising mothers how to keep their young children healthy. She spoke to Mike Pflanz.

Travelling clinics to help children in Somalia’s remotest areas stay healthy
DALOW, Northwest Somalia “Somaliland”, 20 September 2011 – Mobile outpatient clinics provide life-saving treatment to severely malnourished children in remote areas in Somalia.

UNICEF and Japan support better health for vulnerable children and women
BURAO, Northwest Somalia "Somaliland", 13 January 2011 - In a country where basic health care is scarce, UNICEF supports a nation-wide network of primary health facilities with essential drugs and vaccines.

The champions of change at the frontline of the battle against childhood malnutrition
HARGEISA, Northwest Somalia “Somaliland”, 20 December 2010 - Halima Awali shushed the crowd of boisterous children gathered around her and said, “I was there to bring almost all of these babies into the world” ...

Medical middlemen catch childhood malnutrition before it becomes life-threatening
HARGEISA, Northwest Somalia “Somaliland”, 20 December 2010 – Salman Haji stood solemnly watching the man in the white coat searching papers spread across the table in the tin-walled hut open to the morning breeze...

Field diary: In Somalia's Boroma district, Child Health Days campaign is making strides
Boroma district, Somalia, 17 June 2010 - Communication Officer Iman Morooka from the UNICEF Somalia Support Centre sends the following firsthand report from a visit to north-western Somalia’s Boroma district, near the border with Ethiopia.

In remote communities, Child Health Days bring life-saving services to Somali women and children
BOROMA, Somalia, June 2010 – Among the many mothers who came with their children to the Child Health Days campaign site, Abdi Ibrahim was one of very few fathers to be seen. He came early in the morning with his 16-month-old daughter, Sahra...

Amidst fighting, Somali children receive life-saving health services in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU, Somalia, February 2010: Despite fighting that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people here, a large-scale Child Health Days campaign has succeeded in reaching children and women with high-impact health services in the Somali capital...

UNICEF programme expanded to fight widespread undernutrition in Somalia
HARGEISA, Somalia, 8 December 2009: In Somalia, more than 40 per cent of children exhibit signs of chronic nutritional deprivation. This can be a life-threatening condition if appropriate interventions are not provided...

Child Health Days reach displaced communities in Somalia’s Afgoye Corridor
NAIROBI, Kenya, 24 November, 2009: For the first time ever, a Child Health Days campaign has reached displaced children and women in Somalia’s Afgoye Corridor, a 30 km stretch of road west of Mogadishu that is the world’s most densely populated...

Second round of Child Health Days aims to boost child survival in Somalia.
GABILEY, Northwest Somalia, 3 September 2009: Building on the success of the six-month-long Child Health Days initiative that began late last year, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have kicked off the second round of a campaign...

UNICEF nutrition intervention in Somalia disrupted by looting
NEW YORK, USA, 13 August 2009: UNICEF has been forced to delay delivery of crucial nutritional supplies after looters targeted the warehouse of a UNICEF partner in the lower Juba region...

Life-saving nutrition interventions for vulnerable Somali children
EL-BERDE, Somalia, 24 June 2009: From early in the morning, the outpatient therapeutic centre (OTP) in El-Berde is crowded with women and their children seeking its services. The OTP is set up inside the town’s maternal and child health centre...

Somali Child Health Days go nationwide
April 2009: Child Health Days continue in various parts of Somalia with more children and women benefitting from health services...

Ready-to-use food distribution campaign for vulnerable children in Somalia
BOSSASO AND BERBERA, Somalia, 16 March 2009: At Buulo Mingis camp for the internally displaced people, located in Bossaso, northeast Somalia, children and their caregivers have gathered to receive rations of Plumpy’doz...

Child Health Days provide treatment in rural Somalia
January 2009: An account touching on Child Health Days and related information on beneficiaries from Northwest Somalia ("Somaliland') as a result of a campaign carried out in late 2008.





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