Humanitarian health action in Somalia - call for urgent support
Over the last twelve months, more than 1.5 million people have fled renewed heavy fighting in Mogadishu and other parts of South Central Somalia. Over 3.6 million people are now in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. The escalating violence, new population displacements, shrinking humanitarian space and limited health services present acute risks to the health of these internally displaced people (IDPs). The increasing gaps in essential and lifesaving health coverage and the lack of safe water and sanitation are leading to increased outbreaks of communicable diseases, growing rates of severe acute malnutrition, and dramatically low immunization rates.
Health Cluster Office of the United Nations Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia donor alert. Deteriorating health situation in South and Central Somalia calls for urgent humanitarian action.
WHO is looking at an affected population of about 2 million as far as immediate and medium term threats are concerned. As far as polio eradication is concerned, the potential economic and social impact of a failure of this effort is much more difficult to estimate.