publication • Thursday, August 24th 2017
World Vision Somalia - Situation Report 12
More than 120,000 people were reached from 17 July to 18 August, through World Vision's Hunger Crisis response in Somalia.
The work continues. World Vision continues to draw attention to the following issues in Somalia:
- Humanitarian situation: Severe drought conditions are expected to deepen until the end of 2017 with 6.7 million people still in need of protection and humanitarian assistance – of which 4 million (60%) are children.
- Food security deteriorating: Access and availability of food has slightly improved due to the increased humanitarian assistance, but central and southern Somalia will likely remain at Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) through to end of the year with the greatest food insecurity expected after September when the households exhaust their food stocks. Disruption of food assistance and food prices has the potential to deteriorate the situation to Famine (IPC Phase 5) according to FEWS-NET, August 2017.
- Malnutrition status: Mortality rates and levels of acute malnutrition remain critical, particularly in rural pastoralist population and IDP camps. Over 1.4 million children are projected to be at a risk of acute malnutrition.
- Displaced by drought: An estimated 766,000 people, including 480,000 children have been internally displaced due to the severe drought. Baidoa and Mogadishu have the highest number of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) with a slight increase being recorded in Baidoa recently.
- Education significantly affected: An estimated 528,000 children are in need of assistance to stay in school. Baidoa hosts the highest number of newly displaced children.
- Access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) remains: Over 4.5 million people are estimated to be in need of WASH services. Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD)/cholera cases and related deaths have slightly declined in the past month, however, the total cases reported since January 2017 has risen to 76,236. Out of these, 65% are children under the age of 5.
More details about World Vision's programmes in the Somalia response and the number of people reached can be found by downloading the Situation Report.