Humanitarian Health Action

Somalia press releases

2014

  • 25 September 2014

    WHO recommits to ending preventable maternal and child deaths in Somalia

    WHO's Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ala Alwan, concluded a visit to Mogadishu this week, where he launched together with the Somali Government and partners two new initiatives that aim at renewing the commitment to end preventable deaths of mothers and children. In Somalia, an estimated one in five children dies before their fifth birthday because of pneumonia, diarrhoea or measles. Maternal mortality remains exceptionally high demonstrating no progress for the past 20 years.

  • 10 June 2014

    Measles threatens thousands of Somali children

    Mogadishu, Garowe, Hargeisa -– Outbreaks of measles in several regions have left thousands of Somali children at risk of disability or death unless they are urgently vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.

2012

  • 13 July 2012

    WHO concerned about increased number of suspected cholera cases

    Nairobi – The World Health Organization (WHO) is very much concerned about the increased number of cholera cases, particularly in Kismayo town. One health facility did a rapid test among a sample of ten patients, and a total of six cases tested positive for cholera. Out of the 65 patients treated so far in the same health facility, 40 suffered severe dehydration and needed immediate hospitalization. The majority of the cases are children under the age of eight.

2011

  • 27 September 2011

    WHO opens much needed field hospital at the Somali-Ethiopian border

    A new field hospital, operated and managed by the World Health Organization, was established last week in Dolow Somalia, near the Ethiopian border. This hospital provides medical aid to thousands of Somali refugees fleeing towards the border areas. In the first week more than 400 patients were treated – an average of 75 patients per day - and more than 30 surgical operations were successfully performed by a WHO medical team. The hospital brings enormous relief for the population by providing health services while lessening the burden on existing, overstretched health facilities.

  • 18 August 2011

    Waterborne diseases pose lethal threat to children in southern Somalia

    Nairobi, Kenya – With an increased number of confirmed cholera cases in Mogadishu, and growing reports of acute watery diarrhea in Kismayo and other crowded urban centers, an urgent multi sector response to contain the spread of this highly contagious disease is being mounted.

  • 31 May 2011

    High numbers of wounded children in Somalia's latest outbreak of violence

    Nairobi – The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the steep rise in the numbers of children under five years old who have been wounded in Somalia's latest outbreak of violence. The number of patients treated for weapon-related injuries at Mogadishu's three main hospitals reached a new peak in May 2011. Almost half the 1590 injuries reported were in children under five, compared to only 3.5% in April. "Many of these children are suffering from very severe wounds, burns and other injuries from bullets, blast injuries and shrapnel” says Marthe Everard, WHO’s representative for Somalia.

  • 20 March 2011

    National Immunization Days keep Somalia polio-free

    Nairobi, Kenya-–On the eve of celebrating four years without polio in Somalia, the country kicks off National Immunization Days on Sunday 20 March, with a focus on ensuring that no eligible child is left unvaccinated during the three days of the campaign. During 2011, two rounds of polio vaccinations are planned.

2010

  • December 2010

    Somalia: WHO and partners responding to the immediate needs of the population

    Hihglights--Up to 2 million people in Somalia, 1.46 million of whom are displaced, are in need of humanitarian assistance. South Central Somalia is the area most affected by conflict and the resultant displacements of population, disruptions of services and restrictions on movement. Combined with the absence of safe drinking water and sanitation and the low level of immunization coverage, these factors represent major threats to health.

  • 12 October 2010

    Depleted Mogadishu hospitals struggle to treat Somali war wounded

    Nairobi - Children of Mogadishu are suffering from the Somali capital's recent increased violence, accounting for one-fifth of all weapons-related casualties. The high number of young casualties, coupled with a limited number of skilled surgeons and continuing demands for routine surgical care, requires an urgent upgrade of health facilities in the city.

2009

  • 29 September 2009

    Somalia - Struggling to reach the sick

    Somalia's humanitarian crisis has sunk to its lowest point in two decades, with escalated hostilities since May around the capital, Mogadishu, putting the lives of millions, including women and children, at risk and jeopardizing recent health gains.

2006

  • 8 December 2009

    Flooding emergency in the Horn of Africa: major health risks

    NAIROBI/GENEVA - The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to be deeply concerned by the health situation of people living in the flood affected areas in the Horn of Africa. Since October, unusually heavy rains have caused major flooding in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The flooding is expected to continue, putting people's health at major risk. A combination of displacement, living in crowding conditions, lack of clean, safe water and the destruction of sanitation systems, is putting between 1.5 to 1.8 million people at risk of infectious diseases, such as cholera, measles, malaria as well as nutrition deficiencies.

  • 31 March 2006

    Drought worsens health crisis in Somalia

    WHO's Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ala Alwan, concluded a visit to Mogadishu this week, where he launched together with the Somali Government and partners two new initiatives that aim at renewing the commitment to end preventable deaths of mothers and children. In Somalia, an estimated one in five children dies before their fifth birthday because of pneumonia, diarrhoea or measles. Maternal mortality remains exceptionally high demonstrating no progress for the past 20 years.

2000

  • 31 December 2000

    Aid Agencies working to curb annual Cholera outbreak

    WHO's Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ala Alwan, concluded a visit to Mogadishu this week, where he launched together with the Somali Government and partners two new initiatives that aim at renewing the commitment to end preventable deaths of mothers and children. In Somalia, an estimated one in five children dies before their fifth birthday because of pneumonia, diarrhoea or measles. Maternal mortality remains exceptionally high demonstrating no progress for the past 20 years.