European Union and UNICEF fighting cholera together in Somalia
A joint EU-UNICEF humanitarian emergency initiative will support 602,000 people in Somalia, including some 301,000 children and 156,500 women, in regions worst affected by a serious acute watery diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera outbreak linked to prolonged drought. More than 53,000 AWD/cholera cases and nearly 800 deaths have been reported since the start of the year, many of them young children. The €4.5 million support from the EU will fund lifesaving interventions to curb cholera transmission and ramp up emergency assistance for people newly displaced by drought and conflict. This will include the provision of treatment for water sources as well as medicines to prevent the spread of the disease.
Expanding opportunities for Somalia’s youth as the Somali National University gets back its main campus
Somali region’s only female village chief brings a school to the community
Abdio Aber Ali is a determined woman who is not used to taking no for an answer. She is the only female village chief in the whole of Gedo region and quite possibly beyond. Despite facing tough opposition, she was unanimously selected as the leader of her village known as Kaxarey. She puts her success down to her strong personality and previous experience leading women’s groups and supporting various social activities. And she showed the same determination when it came to getting a school built in the village which is just south of Dollow town.
Pre-famine briefing note - July 2017
The humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to deteriorate due to the ongoing drought crisis, affecting more than half of the country’s population – 6.7 million – of which 4 million are children. Since the beginning of the year, UNICEF’s emergency intervention has resulted in the treatment of 98,900 children for life-threatening severe acute malnutrition; 672,500 women and children under-5 with emergency lifesaving health services; and 1.58 million people accessing temporary safe drinking water. Despite the large scale humanitarian assistance delivered to date, however, sever food insecurity, high acute malnutrition and a high disease burden will require a sustained effort if we are to save more lives.