Humanitarian Health Action

Building up health response in the Horn of Africa


children in Galkacyo, Somalia
WHO/Pieter Desloovere

The prevalence of global acute malnutrition remains above 20% across southern Somalia, with levels possibly as high as 30% in some areas. Communicable diseases remain a major cause of preventable mortality due to low vaccination coverage and lack of access to safe drinking water raises the risk for diarrhoeal diseases.

Conflict-related injuries are rising. In May 2011, 1590 weapon-related injuries were reported in Mogadishu’s three main hospitals, of which almost half were in children under five.

The provision of health services in south and central Somalia is limited by restrictions on the access of humanitarian agencies and lower and slower funding flows.

Child health days in Somaliland and Puntland are taking place to vaccinate 569 000 children under five against polio and measles. The campaigns include deworming treatment and nutritional screening as well as tetanus vaccination for mothers.