Somalia Situation Reports 2022

Monthly snapshot of current needs and responses

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Read the monthly situation and needs of children in Somalia along with UNICEF’s response and funding requirements.

January - December 2022

  • Somalia is in a dire humanitarian situation; while the famine thresholds projected for some parts in Bay region were not crossed due to the scale-up, more than 8.3 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
  • In 2022, children in Somalia were exposed to multiple risks with wasting increasing from 11 per cent in 2021 to 16 per cent in 2022 (FSNAU; 2022), exceeding WHO thresholds for emergencies. Acute water shortages and outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and measles increased risks of excessive mortality among children.
  • Drought, displacement, and conflict increased protection risks for children, including early marriage, gender-based violence, child labour and child recruitment. Approximately 4.8 million Somali children remain out of school, representing a 15 per cent increase over the previous year.
  • In 2022, UNICEF scaled-up provision of integrated services for children; nearly 459,616 children were admitted for treatment of severe wasting, 2.3 million children aged 6 to 59 months were vaccinated against measles, 1.9 million people received emergency water, while 1.6 million children and women received essential healthcare services.
  • While most children in need are inaccessible areas, UNICEF worked with sister UN agencies and partners, reaching more than 20,000 children in 11 hard-to-reach districts. Providing predictable, timely, and sustained services to children in areas with constrained access remains challenging and UNICEF is engaging local partners to improve access.
SitRep January-December 2022 front
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