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Somalia, 3 April 2017: Major suspected cholera/AWD outbreak

The severe drought affecting all areas of Somalia has led to a dramatic increase in the number of children suffering from cholera or acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) — which combined with malnutrition killed many children in the famine of 2011. More than 20,000 cases of cholera / AWD have been reported in the first three months of the year, far surpassing the 15,600 cases reported in all of 2016. UNICEF, with the support of key donors including DFID, USAID, ECHO and CERF are massively scaling up preventative work and treatment to try to control the outbreak.



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