UN Allocates $2 Million for Cholera Relief Efforts in Somalia

In Somalia, the UN relief agency is providing 2 million U.S. dollars from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to address the urgent cholera outbreak.

This funding will assist 60,000 individuals with critical health, water, sanitation, and hygiene needs in Northeastern State and Central Southern states, as stated by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

OCHA stated in Mogadishu that this support will not only save lives but will also help prevent the spread of cholera to neighboring communities.

With over 10,000 cholera cases and 120 deaths reported in Somalia this year, the impact of historic droughts and recent flooding events have led to outbreaks of acute watery diarrhea and cholera.

The ongoing Gu seasonal rains and flash floods are expected to affect around 770,000 individuals by the end of the season, causing damage to water sources and sanitation facilities.

The UN agency is appealing for additional funding to address the increasing needs resulting from climate shocks and other factors in Somalia.

The current Humanitarian Needs and Response Plan for Somalia, requiring 1.6 billion dollars to aid 5.2 million people, is only 20 percent funded at present.

Since 2022, Somalia has been facing continuous transmission of acute watery diarrhea (AWD)/cholera, particularly in the Banadir region since the 2017 drought, with over 18,304 cases and 46 deaths reported in 2023, half of which involve children under five years old.

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