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Flooding in Somalia increases risk for malnutrition and disease outbreaks

UNICEF Somalia/2019/Golweyne Relief & Rehabilitation NGO

   

   

An estimated 200,000 children have been affected by heavy flooding in Belet Weyne, Berdale, Baidoa, Jowhar and Mahadaiin, Somalia. Thousands of families have been forced to leave their homes and locate to higher ground. Living in makeshift camps or worse in the open, many of the displaced are in dire need of clean water, sanitation and hygiene services, safe shelter, health and food supplies. The floods have also destroyed schools and interrupted learning for thousands of children.

   

Immunizing every child - Cold chains play key role in delivering vaccines across Somalia

UNICEF/UNI155431/Ohanesian

   

    

    
The central cold chain facility in Hargeisa, northern Somalia, has stored vital vaccines against fatal diseases, such as measles and polio, for years. The generous funding from the Government of Japan has been crucial in setting up and running these types of facilities and it has enabled UNICEF and partners to reach numerous girls and boys with the life-saving vaccines. “The cold chain network plays an integral part in preventing children’s deaths and promoting good health in our region,” explained Saleban Yusuf, the Cold Chain Manager for the Ministry of Health in Somaliland.

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