UK and WHO partner to fight against diseases and protect health of drought-affected communities across Somalia – Somalia

UK and WHO partner to fight against diseases and protect health of drought-affected communities across Somalia – Somalia

Mogadishu, 11 December 2022 – The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) and the World Health Organization nation workplace in Somalia have just lately signed an settlement to help WHO’s emergency well being response to the present drought within the nation.

In help of Federal and State Ministries of Health in Somalia, this essential contribution will allow WHO to stop and mitigate the adversarial impacts of drought on well being of the ladies, kids and different susceptible populations impacted by the continued drought, one of many worst in current historical past.

The contribution obtained from the UK Government will allow WHO to scale up and maintain its built-in well being and diet interventions in a few of the worst affected, hard-to-reach and inaccessible areas the place the individuals have been devoid of fundamental well being and diet companies for many years. The supply of those interventions will help the “First-line Integrated Response Framework” endorsed by the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) of Somalia. Under the speedy response mechanism of this framework, 4 life-saving sectors – well being, diet, WASH and meals safety are delivering a set of life-saving interventions in an built-in method as a part of these sector’s ongoing aid help near areas the place these susceptible populations are at the moment residing. The supply of those interventions has focused girls and kids, amongst different susceptible teams, as they’ve been the worst affected on this drought.

WHO intends to ship a part of these preventive well being interventions, similar to threat communication, diet screening, referral and distribution of micronutrient dietary supplements, together with figuring out kids who’re sick and have missed out on routine immunization by means of the group well being employees who’re largely feminine and drawn from the identical communities by which these companies can be delivered.

In addition, with this new funding from the UK, WHO will help deployment of numerous cell outreach groups in these areas for administering childhood vaccines, supporting antenatal care thorough the availability of iron and folic tablets to pregnant girls, remedy and referral of sick and malnourished kids, in addition to remedy and care of girls and kids with widespread illnesses. Improving entry to well being care and different preventive well being and diet interventions for these susceptible populations who’ve been devoid of fundamental well being companies for many years will imply that each susceptible youngster and each lady of kid bearing age, together with pregnant and lactating girls, residing in these hard-to-reach and inaccessible areas can be protected against ailments which might be preventable. With a concentrate on 16 operational priority-one districts, severely affected by the continued drought, WHO expects that roughly 2 million individuals can be reached by means of these built-in well being and diet actions.

“The state of affairs stays dire. Disease and lack of entry to well being care pose the largest menace to hundreds of thousands of Somalis impacted by the drought. WHO’s distinctive experience and emergency well being response is crucial. This new UK help to the WHO will save lives and avert famine and its penalties,” mentioned UK’s Development Director for the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office Somalia Damon Bristow.

In addition, with this funding help, WHO will help conducting potential and real-time mortality surveillance by means of a nationwide and worldwide educational establishment to estimate “extra demise” from all causes attributed to drought, a measure which is commonly used to declare famine and in addition a proxy to raised perceive the effectiveness of the humanitarian operational response. Also, as a part of this initiative, WHO will proceed to collaborate with UNICEF and the World Food Programme with a purpose to help the built-in response framework endorsed by the HCT.

Commending the help prolonged by the UK Government, WHO Representative to Somalia Dr Mamunur Rahman Malik mentioned, “As the specter of famine is looming giant, this well timed contribution from the UK will assist us to avoid wasting lives among the many most susceptible populations affected by this drought, the size of which is unprecedented. This help will make sure that we maintain our community-based well being and diet interventions, together with surveillance for early detection of epidemic-prone ailments in a few of the most difficult and working setting that our company has labored in in current time. I additionally thank the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office for his or her help to our work in mortality estimates. This is the primary time on this nation that such work associated to mortality has ever been undertaken. The information from such estimates will assist us and different businesses to take evidence-based choices on the idea of high quality of our response and goal areas and populations who’re at most threat of dying from starvation, illness and malnutrition within the nation. I take this chance to specific our most honest appreciation to the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office for his or her partnership with us for advancing well being in Somalia.”

For extra info, please contact:

Joy Odero
UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office
Head of Communications Kenya & Somalia
[email protected]

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