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Somalia - Struggling to reach the sick

Somali children with their parents wait for medical care at a Mogadishu hospital.
Dr Omar Saleh/WHO

Key health risks facing all Somalia's displaced include poor hygiene and sanitation, exposing them to possible outbreaks of cholera and other communicable diseases including fecal-oral transmitted diseases. There is an absence of ongoing vaccination activities for children and women of childbearing age, which increases the risk of measles epidemics. Civilian casualties caused by hostilities, and gender-based violence particularly within displaced people's communities, are also key health concerns.

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