Somalia - December 2018 Situation Report

  • World Vision response: Since the beginning of 2018, World Vision’s response has reached more than one million people including 616,610 children with food security and livelihoods, health, nutrition, water and hygiene and education programmes.
  • Overall situation: 2018 has seen some improvements in the food security outlook, mainly due to the above-average Gu rainfall and sustained humanitarian response. Such gains are fragile, serious protection concerns persist and humanitarian needs in Somalia remain high. Climatic shocks, armed conflict and violence are key drivers of humanitarian needs and human rights violations. One third of the total population, 4.2 million people, require humanitarian assistance and protection.
  • Food security: The latest projection by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) indicates an improving food security situation in areas that were affected by the 2016-2017 drought. This improvement is tentative, as it is largely due to the above-average Gu rainy season (April-June) supported by large-scale humanitarian assistance. The above average Gu rains have seen Somalia emerge from a severe drought.
  • Displacement and IDPs influx: More than 700 HHs arrived In Qansahley IDP camp of Doolow Somalia. Most of this fled from the renewed violence and ethnic conflicts on-going in Ethiopia especially on the frontline borders of Somalia and Oromia Regions such as Negelle and Moyale Districts.
  • Malnutrition: Recent surveys indicate slight improvements in malnutrition in a few areas, the situation remains stagnant in many others. This indicates that improved food security has not translated into improved food consumption, dietary energy intake, and overall diet quality and diversity in Somalia. Nearly a million children under-5 years are projected to be acutely malnourished in 2019, including 173,600 expected to be severely malnourished (UNOCHA Dec 2018). For more information, read or download our December 2018 situation report.