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WHO elections

Cholera risks Addis bid for top WHO job

A group of African diplomats defended their candidate for the director general role at WHO against charges that he covered up cholera outbreaks in Ethiopia. The New York Times story pointed out that Ethiopia had called these earlier outbreaks acute watery diarrhoea instead of cholera. It also pointed out there are now more than 16,000 cases of AWD diagnosed in the country’s Somali region this year too

May 19, 2017
Business Daily

Promoting health through the life course

Rains fail again in East Africa, hunger on the rise - U.N.

Rains have failed for a third consecutive season in East Africa, wilting crops, killing livestock and entrenching a long drought that has pushed millions into hunger, the United Nations said. Some 16 million people are in need of humanitarian aid across areas of Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda - 30 percent more than in late 2016 and their number expected to increase in the coming months, the U.N. food agency said

July 14, 2017

Exclusive: Priti Patel insists UK's aid influence is 'massive'

Britain’s foreign aid minister, Priti Patel, has told the Guardian she is fed up with the myth that all she does is sit at her desk “writing cheques to North Korea”, in her most robust response yet to critics of the foreign aid budget. Patel said it was UK investment in “resilience” and the early lead taken by Department for International Development which put £110m into Somalia in January and persuaded the World Bank to add another £40m – which had kept the death rate down

June 18, 2017
The Guardian

Record hunger in Horn of Africa pushes development banks to step in

In an unprecedented move, the World Bank is giving $50 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to distribute emergency food, water and cash in Somalia. The African Development Bank (ADB) has also announced $1.1 billion to combat drought in six countries, mostly in the Horn of Africa. In a "Grand Bargain", struck at last year`s World Humanitarian Summit, donors promised to make their funding more flexible to respond to growing humanitarian crises globally

June 13, 2017

Threat of malnutrition still high in Somalia despite onset of rains: ICRC

Rains in Somalia have brought some relief from drought but malnutrition remains a threat, the Red Cross said, with the number of children admitted to its feeding centres nationwide nearly doubling over the last year. In addition to food shortages, Somalia is experiencing a rapid spread of cholera, with more than 20,000 cases reported nationwide. The outbreak is expected to worsen due to the rains

May 19, 2017

Acutely malnourished Somalian children increase to 1.4 mln: UNICEF

The number of Somali children who are, or soon will be, severely malnourished, has risen by 50% to 1.4m since January, according to UNICEF. The UN body said this number includes over 275,000 who are already experiencing, or will soon do so, life-threatening severe acute malnutrition. About 615,000 people, the vast majority women and children, have been displaced by drought since November 2016. But the combination of drought, disease and displacement is deadly, particularly for children, and the world urgently needs to do more

May 2, 2017
xinhuanet, Daily Sabah, UN News, Prensa Latina, News International, AllAfrica.com, tst.pt, China.org
May 4, 2017

Malnutrition, disease rise sharply among children in Somalia - UN

Early numbers show an increasing number of children in Somalia are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea, the UN warned. The UNHCR warned in a statement that children suffering from SAM are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child, adding that during a 2011 famine the biggest killers were diarrhoea and measles

March 30, 2017
Agence Presse Africaine
March 31, 2017
March 30, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Somalia: Cholera cases rise by 1000

The Ministry of Health of Somalia has reported 1068 acute watery diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera cases and 3 deaths for week 28 (10 – 16 July 2017) with a case-fatality rate of 0.3%. The overall case-fatality rate of 1.4% remains above the emergency threshold of 1%. However, the cholera outbreak which started in January 2017 is slowing down, thanks to timely interventions by WHO, national health authorities and health partners

July 29, 2017
Outbreak News Today

Cholera outbreak kills 795 in Somalia since January

An outbreak of cholera/acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) in Somalia has killed 795 people since January, the UN humanitarian agency said. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that there was a 19-percent decrease in the number of new cases in the first week of June, which can be attributed to timely and effective intervention efforts over the past months. The UN also cites figures from the ministry of health of Somalia reported 1979 AWD/cholera cases and 13 deaths between June 12-18. "A cumulative total of 53,015 cases including 795 deaths have been reported since the cholera outbreak started in January 2017. The case-fatality rate of 1.5 percent remains above the emergency threshold of 1 percent," the UN said

June 28, 2017
xinhuanet, PM News

Red Cross official warns of cholera, famine risks in East Africa, Yemen

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned United Nation member states that outbreaks of cholera are compounding famine risk in East Africa and Yemen. According to IFRC figures, Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan are now grappling with escalating cholera outbreaks that have infected more than 220,000 people and killed nearly 2,100 people since the beginning of 2017. In Yemen alone, more than 166,000 cases have been reported since the end of April, a figure that is climbing by an average of 6,000 cases every day, IFRC said. In Somalia, there have been more than 51,000 cholera cases and nearly 5,000 in South Sudan

June 26, 2017

Thousands dead in East Africa plagues

Severe drought has coincided with an outbreak of lethal diseases in the Horn of Africa region. Somalia is experiencing its largest outbreak of cholera in 5 years with 48,607 cases and 763 deaths. Over 1,400 measles cases have been reported since early June and there have been 9,813 suspected measles cases since the start of 2017. Ethiopia reports 35,665 cases of acute watery diarrhoea and 780 deaths since January. Across the country 1,981 suspected measles cases with 961 confirmed. Kenya has 3030 suspected cholera cases and three deaths

June 20, 2017
CAJ News

Cholera Outbreak is Affecting 13 of Somalia's 18 Regions, UN Says

Nearly 32,000 cholera cases and 618 deaths have been reported since the start of 2017, UN OCHA said in a report. The cholera outbreak continues to spread across Somalia regions, in part due to widespread water shortages, food insecurity and displacement that has stretched sanitation facilities beyond their capacity

May 7, 2017
May 5, 2017
May 7, 2017
Outbreak News Today
May 4, 2017
May 5, 2017

Humanitarian crisis in Somalia, fuelled by cholera outbreak

International aid agencies are trying to stem a burgeoning humanitarian crisis in Somalia, as a cholera and measles epidemic compounds near famine conditions there. The Australian Red Cross says there have already been 50,000 cases of cholera since last year in Somalia, but it is continuing to spread quickly, including across the border into Ethiopia. The Red Cross expects another 20,000 to 30,000 cases over the next few weeks

May 1, 2017

Fighting a deadly measles outbreak amid insecurity in Somalia

Thousands of children have been infected by measles in famine-threatened Somalia, already hit by an epidemic of cholera, UNICEF said. Data from the 2011 famine says that measles, combined with malnutrition and displacement is a lethal combination for children. Among vaccine preventable diseases none is more deadly than measles

April 24, 2017
Doctors Without Borders
April 25, 2017
Business Day , Reuters

450 Killed By Cholera In 3 Months 25000 Hospitalised, Health Minister Says

At least 450 people have died from cholera in the last 3 months in Somalia, according to the World Health Organization’s latest report shared by the Somali Health Minister. 25,000 people have been sickened by the disease in the same period, including 3,000 children. The most hit regions were Bay, Bakool and Gedo

April 20, 2017
Radio Dalsan, AllAfrica.com
April 21, 2017
The Times

Cholera spreading in Somalia, 50,000 cases foreseen: WHO

More than 25,000 people in famine-threatened Somalia have been struck by cholera or acute watery diarrhoea and this deadly epidemic should double by the summer, the  World Health Organization said. The case fatality rate for the disease in Somalia is already twice the emergency threshold and at least 524 deaths have been recorded. The UN told a news briefing that Somali death rates for cholera now reach 14.1% in Middle Jub and 5.1% in Bakool. The centre of the cholera outbreak is said to be Baidoa and thirteen of Somalia’s eighteen regions are affected

April 13, 2017
Reuters, International Business Times, Boursarama, Daily Nation, Punch Nigeria
April 14, 2017
Middle East Monitor

Deadly cholera/acute watery diarrhoea outbreak in Somaliland lays bare devastating vulnerability...

An outbreak of cholera/acute watery diarrhoea in Somaliland has killed 28 people in the last ten days and hospitalized a further 167. More than 411 cases of cholera/AWD have been reported in Somaliland since the start of April. In neighbouring Puntland, the numbers are concerning. Since the beginning of the year there have been more than 1600 cases of cholera/AWD with 57 deaths

April 12, 2017
Somaliland Press, Red Cross, Asia Pacific Daily, India.com, Punch Nigeria

Somaliland – first victim of cholera reported as a cross-border case with Ethiopia

Cholera has spread to Somaliland from the Ethiopian border, with one case reported in the Sabawanaag district close to Hargeisa. The victim was taken to Hargeisa in a very serious condition and later died in hospital. No emergency team has been sent to the area affected by the contagious disease and there is no government plan to counter this epidemic which could pose a threat to the Somaliland population

April 12, 2017
Qaran News
April 9, 2017
Medisha Valley

Drought, cholera kills over 400 people in Somalia

Somalia’s health ministry said almost 18,000 people are receiving hospital treatment amid the worst drought since 1945. To date, drought and cholera have killed more than 400 people – the areas most affected are in southern and central Somalia. Experts say this is not the Somalian rainy season yet, which is still a few weeks away. Even so, health workers report at least 300 new cases every day along with dozens of deaths

April 5, 2017
Anadolu Agency, Hiiraan.com

Cholera spread rapidly in new territories in Ogaden, and the situation is out of Control

The Ogaden News Agency is reporting a cholera outbreak which is spreading through the Dollo, Korahay, Nogob, Jara and Afdheer regions killing hundreds. Local Ogaden groups want the international community to persuade Ethiopia to work with international bodies to set up a humanitarian corridor for health treatment and supplies

April 5, 2017
Ogaden News Agency

Cholera spreads in famine-threatened Somalia

Deadly cholera is spreading through drought-ravaged Somalia as clean water sources dry up, a top aid official said, deepening a humanitarian crisis in a country that is on the verge of famine. Johan Heffinck, the Somalia head of EU Humanitarian Aid said the country has recorded more than 18,000 cases of cholera so far this year, up from around 15,000 in all of 2016 and 5,000 in a normal year. If the rains fail the country will tip into famine. Somalia’s last famine in 2011 killed more than 260,000 people

March 31, 2017

Somalia faces major cholera outbreak

Al Jazeera got access to a hospital in Baidoa in the southern region of Somalia and reported that the UN has raised alarm over a major outbreak of cholera in southern Somalia. Aid groups are scrambling to help people suffering from severe drought and mass malnutrition

March 29, 2017

Somalie : Le choléra fait 343 victimes depuis le début de l'année

Drought in Somalia has hit women and children under five years old hard and the country has seen a sharp rise in water-borne diseases with 343 cholera deaths and more than 14,000 Somalians with the virus since the start of the year, according to WHO

March 24, 2017
Agence Anadolu
March 27, 2017
Afrique Jet

World facing gravest humanitarian crisis since 1945

The Financial Times reported on the UN announcement that the world is facing its biggest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War, with 20m people facing starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria

March 11, 2017
Financial Times, ABC.net
March 10, 2017
Voice of America, AlJazeera

Aid agency warns of surge in cholera cases in Somalia

Save the Children warned of an increase in cholera cases in Somalia, which has claimed the lives of 200 people since January, amid the shadow of a looming famine. ‘All the early warning signs of an avoidable catastrophe, with deaths from cholera and acute watery diarrhoea are rising sharply’ the NGO said

March 10, 2017
March 9, 2017
Public Now, Cordaid

Hungry Somalian families face agonising choice: which child to feed

Reuters Africa reports that hungry Somali families are facing agonising choices as drought kills off their livestock and leaves the country facing a likely famine – this choice is ‘which child to feed.’ Al Jazeera is reporting that WHO are saying there are only two months left to prevent Somalia’s third famine in 25 years. The last one, six years ago, killed more than 250,000 people. Cases of diarrhoea, cholera and measles are already spreading fast because of the severe drought  

March 7, 2017
Reuters, AlJazeera, The Guardian, Daily Times

Non communicable diseases

More than 100 million at risk of starvation globally - U.N. official

The number of people facing severe hunger worldwide has surpassed 100m and will grow if humanitarian aid is not paired with more support for farmers, a UN official told Reuters Africa

March 4, 2017

Somalia says 110 dead in last 48 hours due to drought

Some 100 people have died in southern Somalia in the last two days from famine and diarrhea resulting from drought, as the area braces itself for a widespread shortage of food

March 4, 2017

Health systems

WHO calls for immediate action to save lives in Somalia

WHO commended the government of the UK for its hosting of an international conference on Somalia but it also sounded an alarm that there is a huge crisis due to the destruction of crops due to drought, famine, disease and health insecurity due to cholera outbreaks. It called on the international community to raise money to urgently overcome the chronic shortage of funding for life-saving work in Somalia before crisis turns into a

May 11, 2017
World Health Organization

Communicable diseases

Risk of mass starvation rising rapidly in Africa and Yemen - UNHCR

The UNHCR said it was raising its alarm level over the risk of 20 million people in East Africa facing famine higher than it was in February, when the call for international aid began. In South Sudan a further 1 million are on the brink of famine. Acute malnutrition rates are already very high, if you don’t help with worsening nutrition rates people die. In some places like north eastern Nigeria aid workers previously had zero access, due to Boko Haram militants. Now access is opening up and aid workers are going in they are discovering more need of an extreme nature and the risk of famine is rising further still

April 11, 2017

“What we have seen is hard to believe:” A blog from aid worker in Baidoa, Somalia

International Medical Corps expert explains what he saw when he was part of a fact finding missions to Baidoa in Somalia, in a team to assess the situation and plan for the best way to help the IDPs who have been forced to leave their homes because of drought and hunger

March 31, 2017

Drought and War Heighten Threat of Not Just 1 Famine, but 4

The New York Times speaks about ‘another famine tightening its grip on Somalia, but, there also being a real danger that four famines could occur at almost the same time in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen which will endanger more than 20m lives. Finding enough food is only a part of the solution, so water, sanitation, water treatment tablets and hygiene are becoming critical to prevent the large-scale outbreaks of disease from turning from serious to catastrophic in just a small space of time

March 27, 2017
New York Times
March 25, 2017
Asharq Al-Awsat
March 23, 2017
Pulse Nigeria, LA Times

Somalia's new president declares drought emergency

Somali’s new president has declared a drought emergency as emaciated people start to stream in to Mogadishu. The UN is estimating that half of the 10m Somali population may need assistance

February 28, 2017
Deutsche Welle, The Times of Africa
February 27, 2017
Le Monde