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Coronavirus – Somalia: As COVID-19 rages on, midwives continue to provide quality care in Somalia

Coronavirus – Somalia: As COVID-19 rages on, midwives continue to provide quality care in Somalia

HEALTH
NEW YORK, United States of America -- Zahra Abdirisak, 24, qualified as a midwife in 2017 from Mogadishu Midwifery School which receives technical and financial support from UNFPA. She has since been playing her role as a midwife; being the primary caregiver for women and their newborns during pregnancy, labour, childbirth and in the post-delivery period. "My role mainly focuses on contributing to saving the lives of mothers, and they're newborn. I also work on providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information and services, including antenatal care, safe delivery care, and postpartum and post-natal care," Zahra explained. Zahra works at De Martino Hospital, a central public health facility located in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. It is managed by the Ministry o...
Coronavirus – Somalia: Sharp Decline in Primary Health Care Visits and Childhood Vaccinations During COVID-19 Pandemic as Infectious Diseases Surge

Coronavirus – Somalia: Sharp Decline in Primary Health Care Visits and Childhood Vaccinations During COVID-19 Pandemic as Infectious Diseases Surge

HEALTH
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Primary health care visits and vaccination coverage have sharply declined in Somalia amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, raising concerns that diseases such as respiratory infections, measles, and acute watery diarrhea (AWD) as well as malnutrition could be going untreated, all while floods have forced tens of thousands of people from their homes. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has documented seven times more cases of suspected AWD than possible COVID-19 cases in the last two months, underscoring what is at-risk if seasonal disease outbreaks are neglected.“The fight against COVID-19 has put an additional strain on health care resources and is stretching our ability to respond to multiple health threats at the same time,” said Ana Maria Guzman, the health c...
Coronavirus: Somalia at a critical juncture, as federal, state leaders, meet to break election impasse

Coronavirus: Somalia at a critical juncture, as federal, state leaders, meet to break election impasse

AFRICA
NEW YORK, United States of America, August 21, 2020/ -- With elections slated for November delayed due to COVID-19, Somalia is at a critical juncture, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Thursday, pressing federal and state leaders to agree on voting modalities, and bolster the capacity of forces which are meant to assume full control of national security, next year.“We understand that there are strongly held divergent views among the leaders and political tensions are high in this pre-electoral period”, said James Swan, Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).  “Yet, it is precisely during such moments that it is most necessary for the nation's leaders to engage in dialogue.” He described th...
Coronavirus – Somalia: Cross Border Movements

Coronavirus – Somalia: Cross Border Movements

AFRICA
GENEVA, Switzerland, August 4, 2020/ -- In Week 31, from 26 July to 1 August 2020, a total of 2,595 movements were observed at various flow monitoring points (FMP) across Somalia, of which 70 per cent were incoming flows and 30 per cent were outgoing flows. DTM has also collected information to monitor the specific vulnerabilities related to coronavirus among migrants. A total of 3,212 COVID-19 cases were identified, of which 34 were new cases. No new deaths were reported. Additionally, 1,562 total documented recoveries were reported. Forty-eight per cent of migrants reported not being aware of COVID-19. Migrants who reported not being aware about COVID-19 received a short awareness session from the DTM team. Download Infographic:https://bit.ly/39VRUCi
UGANDA: Ugandan troops delay to return from Somalia due to the virus pandemic

UGANDA: Ugandan troops delay to return from Somalia due to the virus pandemic

AFRICA, UGANDA
The current Coronavirus pandemic has delayed the return of Ugandan troops from Somalia, Brig. Richard Otto, the contingent commander for the UPDF AMISOM has said. Following the outbreak of the pandemic, several countries closed their airspace and according to Brig.Otto, Sector One has put on hold the rotation of its troops both in and out of the mission area. “I have troops who were supposed to rotate out but have not because of this situation. Most of the countries have restricted their airspaces and border posts, but this is aimed at protecting and controlling the spread of the disease from other countries,” Brig.Otto said. “My troops have been informed and they are aware. It has not affected their morale.” UPDF in Somali controls the largest area because the Ugandan troops ...
SOMALIA: Acting Prime Minister of Somalia and Minister of Health & Human Services jointly opened new Quarantine section for COVID-19 in Banadir Hospital

SOMALIA: Acting Prime Minister of Somalia and Minister of Health & Human Services jointly opened new Quarantine section for COVID-19 in Banadir Hospital

AFRICA
MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 31, 2020/ -- H.E Mahdi M. Gulaidd, Acting Prime Minister of Somalia and Dr Fawziya Abikar, Minister of Health & Human Services, jointly opened new Quarantine section for COVID-19 in Banadir Hospital. This new section will intensify the national efforts and responses dealing with the COVID-19.
Coronavirus – Somalia: Children missing out on routine vaccinations in Somalia amid COVID-19 fears

Coronavirus – Somalia: Children missing out on routine vaccinations in Somalia amid COVID-19 fears

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GENEVA, Switzerland, July 30, 2020/ -- In the recent past, 25-year-old Zahra Mohamud* had visited the Hawadle maternal and child health centre in Hargeisa regularly to have her older son Ibrahim* vaccinated against the most common childhood diseases. However, since the COVID-19 outbreak in Somalia, Zahra has been afraid to take her 7-month-old second son Jama* for routine vaccination at the centre fearing that she or her children might be infected with COVID-19. Her fear was perhaps justified as in health facilities in low-income countries, physical distancing and handwashing is not always possible, and not everyone can necessarily afford to buy masks. “I have heard so many COVID-19 prevention messages that have advised us to avoid gathering in public places,” Zahra said. “Now I am afr...
Coronavirus – Somalia: Puntland Ministry of Education and UNICEF launch on-line learning platform

Coronavirus – Somalia: Puntland Ministry of Education and UNICEF launch on-line learning platform

AFRICA
GAROWE, Somalia, July 21, 2020/ -- As schools remain closed, the Learning Passport will enable children to keep learning at home As schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, UNICEF and the Government of Puntland in Somalia have launched the Learning Passport, a digital remote learning platform where children can access educational content both online and offline from their homes. The Learning Passport is a ground-breaking partnership between UNICEF, Microsoft and the University of Cambridge. “Puntland is leading the way in Africa in adopting the Learning Passport,” Abdullahi Mohamed Hassan Puntland Minister of Education and Higher Education. “Children will be able to access high quality lessons in line with the official curriculum and not become the hidden victims of the COV...
Coronavirus – Somalia: Frontline resilience in Somalia

Coronavirus – Somalia: Frontline resilience in Somalia

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NEW YORK, United States of America, July 20, 2020 -- One hundred thousand households in Somaliland in northwest Somalia have better access to water, protecting them not just from the ravages of climate change but also against the spread of COVID-19, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme. Some 70 per cent of Somalis live from agriculture and pastoralism but changing weather patterns have meant many cannot access the water to sustain these traditional activities.  Many younger people have left for cities and towns to live in slum settlements where access to facilities is limited, but now a number of dams, dykes and storage tanks built in Somaliland by UNDP and its partners are encouraging people to carry on with their traditional livelihoods by providing s...
AMISOM Statement on death of former Prime Minister Hassan Abshir Farah

AMISOM Statement on death of former Prime Minister Hassan Abshir Farah

AFRICA
Mogadishu, 14th July, 2020—The African Union Mission in Somalia has learnt with deep sadness the passing of Hassan Abshir Farah, who was Prime Minister of Somalia from 2001-2003. The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Madeira said: “Today, we join the people of Somalia in mourning the passing of the former Prime Minister, Hassan Abshir Farah. The death of the former Prime Minister is an immense loss to the people of Somalia. Mr Farah had a wealth of experience and an impressive record of dedicated service to the country. Over a remarkable career, he served his country as Mayor of Mogadishu, Minister of Fisheries, Prime Minister, and as a Member of Parliament. His work to improve t...
AU Special Representative sends a message of goodwill to Somalia on its 60th Independence anniversary celebrations

AU Special Representative sends a message of goodwill to Somalia on its 60th Independence anniversary celebrations

AFRICA
Mogadishu, July 1, 2020 – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, has congratulated the people and the Government of Somalia on the occasion of the country’s 60th Independence anniversary. In his message, Ambassador Madeira said that the country has come a long way in its effort to put an end to violence, bring peace and develop Somalia. Somalia has regained its place in the concert of nations and is actively playing its role as a fully fledged member of the international community. As it gradually rebuilds institutions and consolidates state administration throughout the country, the government is enhancing capacity to respond to the critical needs of the population by increasingly providin...
Coronavirus – Somalia: On World Refugee Day, UN calls for continued efforts to help refugees and displaced people in Somalia

Coronavirus – Somalia: On World Refugee Day, UN calls for continued efforts to help refugees and displaced people in Somalia

AFRICA
MOGADISHU, Somalia, June 29, 2020/ -- Marking World Refugee Day, the United Nations in Somalia today called for continued efforts to alleviate the plight of refugees and displaced persons in Somalia. Despite significant efforts by the Somali authorities, there are still at least 2.6 million Somalis who are internally displaced, and the country hosts more than 30,000 refugees and asylum-seekers, mainly from Ethiopia and Yemen. “I pay tribute to the resilience and courage of refugees and displaced persons, and all those fleeing conflict or persecution. I assure them that the United Nations is committed to their protection and to helping to rebuild their livelihoods. We also support the Somali government to uphold their right to asylum and protection. This has been made more challengin...
Coronavirus – Somalia: World Bank approves $55 Million to sustain Somalia’s Reforms and Fiscal Response to Multiple Crises

Coronavirus – Somalia: World Bank approves $55 Million to sustain Somalia’s Reforms and Fiscal Response to Multiple Crises

AFRICA
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, June 25, 2020/ -- The World Bank Board of Directors yesterday approved a $55 million International Development Assistance (IDA)* grant to support Somalia’s economic recovery through continued fiscal and other economic policy reforms. The policies will strengthen fiscal management and promote inclusive private sector-led growth. The supplemental financing helps Somalia ease the effects of the global COVID-19 crisis and continue implementing the reform program supported by the Somalia re-engagement and reform supplemental Development Policy Financing (DPF). The DPF delivers critically needed financing for Somalia’s revised 2020 budget, which allocates funds for an integrated and national response to the pandemic, including increased grants to su...
AFRICA: Somali president appoints new military commanders.

AFRICA: Somali president appoints new military commanders.

AFRICA
The Somali head of state on Wednesday appointed new military commanders as part of the country's ongoing efforts to "improve security and reform the armed forces." ''The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia H.E Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo appointed Brigadier Gen. Abdulhamid Mohamed Dirir as the new chief commander for the Somali navy force and Brigade Gen. Abas Ali Amin as the new commander for the the infantry troops for Somali National Army,'' the state-run Somali National News Agency (SONNA) reported. The change is part of the government's efforts to reform the military, and strengthen the country's entire security apparatus, according to SONNA. Appointment comes a day after three people were killed in a suicide attack at a Turkish military base in the capital Mogadishu....
Coronavirus: Somalia Weekly Polio Update

Coronavirus: Somalia Weekly Polio Update

HEALTH
GENEVA, Switzerland, June 22, 2020 -- Four new circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) positive sewage samples have been identified from environmental surveillance (ES) sites in Mogadishu, indicating ongoing transmission and circulation of polioviruses. This brings the total number of cVDPV2 positive samples to 11 in 2020. The last reported case of paralysis in a child due to cVDPV2 was 8 May 2019. In total, 16 children with polio have been identified across Somalia since the initial detection of the ongoing cVDPV2 and cVDPV3 outbreaks in late 2017. The programme continues to observe a reduction in the number of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases detected in May due to the impact of COVID-19. A review is planned to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic...
Coronavirus – Somalia: COVID-19 just the latest crisis facing Somalia

Coronavirus – Somalia: COVID-19 just the latest crisis facing Somalia

AFRICA
NEW YORK, United States of America, June 18, 2020/ -- Devastating floods, desert locusts and the COVID-19 pandemic constitute a ‘triple threat’, that risks reversing political and security gains made in Somalia in recent years, the United Nations is warning. Close to 500,000 people have been displaced and more than a million affected, by recent floods in Somalia’s central regions; a severe locust infestation which threatens food security and nutrition; and at the same, the country responds to the spread of COVID-19. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is calling for swift action from the international community, to avoid a major humanitarian crisis in a country whose ability to cope with disasters is significantly less than that of surrounding coun...
Coronavirus – Somalia: Risk of undetected COVID-19 in camps for displaced

Coronavirus – Somalia: Risk of undetected COVID-19 in camps for displaced

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, June 18, 2020/ -- There have been an estimated 200,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across Africa. The World Health Organisation believes the virus is accelerating across the continent, spreading out from densely populated urban areas. Cases have been rising in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, a city already disrupted by years of conflict, and struggling to support thousands of internally displaced people (IDP). Habiba Haji, who is 43, lives in one of the camps for the displaced. “I used to work in the town but now it’s all closed because of COVID-19,” she says. “There’s no work. Everybody is staying in their own homes. We are told not to leave our homes. Work has stopped because of this disease called coronavirus so that it doesn’t spread.”There are fears now that the v...
Coronavirus – Somalia: African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) supports Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with Personal Protective Equipment against Coronavirus

Coronavirus – Somalia: African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) supports Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with Personal Protective Equipment against Coronavirus

AFRICA
MOGADISHU, Somalia, June 16, 2020 -- As part of efforts to support communities in its Areas of Responsibility, AoR, in the fight against COVID-19, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), on Friday presented a range of personal protection and hygiene supplies to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and vulnerable civilians in the Banadir region. The items distributed by AMISOM were donated by the Italian National Support Element’s Civil-Military Cooperation Cell (CIMIC) through funds provided by Italian NGO, CARITAS, which is based in Djibouti with operations in Somalia and other East African countries. They included face masks, gloves, washing soap and hand sanitizers, infrared thermometers, and water storage jerry cans to be converted to handwashing stations. An AMISOM of...
African Development Bank and development partners propel Somalia back from the brink

African Development Bank and development partners propel Somalia back from the brink

AFRICA
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, June 11, 2020/ -- In early 2020, Somalia, with support from the United Kingdom Government and the European Union, settled its arrears to the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), paving the way for the lifting of 30-year old sanctions imposed by the Bank and the resumption of full engagement with the fragile East African country. A $122.55 million grant agreement signed in March, between Bank Vice President for Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery, Khaled Sherif and Somali Finance Minister Abdirahman Beileh marked a milestone on a tough but necessary process of rehabilitation which began in 2014. The shift to a new and more hopeful phase in which Somalia, with assistance from the Bank and other development partners, can accelerate its nati...