10 April 2023

Somalia Situation Reports 2023

Read the monthly situation and needs of children in Somalia, along with UNICEF’s response and funding requirements. January - December 2023 Despite remarkable gains in Somalia, 2023 was marked with extreme climatic shocks and internal conflict affecting children and their families. At the peak of drought and during El Nino-induced flooding, 887,949 (51 per cent of those supported by the WASH cluster and 29 per cent of UNICEF 2023 annual target) to access emergency water supply in Banadir, Kismayo, and Baidoa. 3,312,726 children (1,755,745 girls, 1,556,981 boys) 6-59 months (116 per cent of target) with Vitamin A supplementation in 70 out of 74 districts in collaboration with the health sector. 1.24 million people (99 per cent of UNICEF annual target) were provided with hygiene promotion sessions and household hygiene kits. 1.8 million people, including children under five years and pregnant and lactating mothers, received primary health care services (more than 1o0 per cent of the target for 2023). 28,156 displaced children (12,929 girls) had access to learning in host schools and temporary learning spaces across 12 drought-affected districts. 14,291 unaccompanied and separated children (46 per cent girls) were identified and placed in kinship or other alternative care arrangement. 1,244 children (214 girls) from armed groups and armed forces were provided with reintegration support and care services. On Social Behavior and Change (SBC), more than 7,869,251 people (4,619,177 female, 3,250,074 male) received timely lifesaving information. 2,321 households with children under five years received US$60 cash per month for six months. The households were linked to other basic services such as nutrition and health.
24 March 2022

Somalia Situation Reports 2022

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.