UNICEF Steps up Support to the Displaced in Laascaanood
Three trucks full of vital WASH and medical supplies arrived in Garowe to fill the critical shortage of WASH and medical supplies for health facilities.
Garowe, 02 April 2023: Three trucks full of vital WASH and medical supplies arrived in Garowe to fill the critical shortages of WASH and medical supplies to support displaced communities in towns surrounding Laascaanood District, Sool Region. Most of the supplies are WASH related considering the urgent need to provide water and save lives. These items include Aqua tabs for chlorinating water, water tanks and hygiene kits.
While some health facilities in the area and nearby towns are no longer functioning, those that have remained open are lacking basic medicines, equipment, manpower and other essential supplies. With the support of partners, UNICEF hopes to continue delivering more supplies on a regular and consistent basis in order to significantly scale-up the humanitarian response.
“We are pleased that as UNICEF we have managed to deliver WASH and medical supplies to the Ministry of Health. These supplies are intended to support our ongoing response to the displacement affected families especially women and children in Lascanood and areas where families have fled to,” says Edith Kabui, Chief of Field Office. “These supplies will contribute to our lifesaving interventions in the area and alleviate some of the challenges faced by the families.”
UNICEF is working with partners to provide families with essential services including cash assistance, health and nutrition as well as safe drinking water. Medical supplies are being distributed to health facilities to ensure continuation of basic services. In areas where there are no health centers, mobile teams have been deployed to provide essential health and nutrition services to women and children.
Thanks to the generous support of donors like USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) and European Union Humanitarian Aid this shipment will help vulnerable women and children during this difficult time.