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WHO Grade 3 emergency

WHO and partners scale up response in Somalia to protect children from deadly measles outbreak

WHO and partners scale up response in Somalia to protect children from deadly measles outbreak

25 July 2017 - Somalia is experiencing its worst outbreak of measles in 4 years. Drought and a real threat of famine, coupled with low vaccination rates, have left millions of children in Somalia weak, hungry, and particularly susceptible to contracting measles and other life-threatening diseases. Almost 14 000 suspected cases of measles have been reported this year alone (as of 23 July) compared to between 5 000 to 10 000 total cases per year since 2014. More than 80% of all those affected by the current outbreak are children below the age of 10 years.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Somalia: WHO conducts measles surveillance workshop in Hargeisa

WHO/Somalia

13 June 2017 - The World Health Organization completed a 3-day training workshop for public health officials and clinicians to introduce case-based surveillance for measles in Somaliland. The workshop aimed to educate health professionals on how to detect and investigate suspected measles cases, how to collect, transport and test blood specimens, and how to plan interventions to control measles outbreaks.

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