Humanitarian Health Action


A child being screened at Madina Maternal Child Health centre in Mogadishu
WHO/Somalia/P. Vicentini
A child being screened at Madina Maternal Child Health centre in Mogadishu

October 2013 -- Joint Health and Nutrition Programme endorsed. An investigation by WHO rules out outbreak of viral haemorrhagic fever. No new cases of polio reported from Banadir. 1 million people affected by MSF withdrawal from Somalia. Two tuberculosis centres vacated by MSF in Puntland continue running with WHO’s support. Mass screening against malaria targets 200 000 people in Bossaso district. Serious gaps in emergency surgery services highlighted by WHO study. Three months training for 45 Lady Health Workers started in Mogadishu. World Breastfeeding Week 2013 celebrated in Mogadishu to sensitize mothers on the importance of breastfeeding.

Somalia: Millions of children protected from polio outbreak

2 June 2013--Outbreak response vaccination campaigns started on 14 May 2013, within four days after the first case of polio was confirmed on 9 May in Mogadishu. As of 30 May 2013 four cases have been confirmed (three from Banadir and one from Bay region). More than 400 000 children were vaccinated in the 16 districts of Banadir region and the neighbouring district of Afgooye during the first round between 14 and 18 May. A second round of mass vaccinations took place between 26 May and 2 June, targeting 1.6 million children in southern and central Somalia and Puntland. A third round will target 3.9 million people countrywide starting from 12 June 2013.

Access to essential health services through mobile clinics in Somalia

A doctor examining a little boy in one of the mobile clinics supported by WHO.
WHO/Pieter Desloovere

To provide access to essential health services to the thousands of Somalis in need, especially women, children and internally displaced people, various health partners run mobile clinics with the support of WHO. Mobile clinics are used as a last resort with the aim of providing health services to population groups which have no access to a health-care facility. They have been considered as a short term intervention strategy, pending the reopening of fixed health facilities or access to such facilities. About two thirds of all patients seen by a mobile clinic team are children under the age of five. One of them is Mustafa.