Somalia is in its second year of widespread drought. Conditions in 2017 have continued to deteriorate following poor and below normal Gu rains. Overall 6.2 million people are now in need of life-saving and livelihoods support. 2017 has seen two major communicable disease outbreaks take place across Somalia – measles and cholera. For the period through to the end of September, more than 77,783 cases of cholera/AWD and 18,000 cases of measles have been reported. The drought has affected a population with pre-existing poor health status and in a country where the health system is largely challenged.
Furthermore prior to the onset of the current drought, , 42% of children under the age of 5 years were stunted whilst 13.2% were wasted. The under 5 mortality rate of 137/1000 as well as maternal mortality ratio of 732/100,000 live births are the highest in the region.
The Health Cluster is coordinating a humanitarian health response which involves more than 60 partners. The work of partners includes the strengthening of system-wide capacities to ensure an effective and predictable health response to the main causes of avoidable death, illness and disability
TASCO Mobile Health Team Odweyne
TASCO mobile Health and Nutrition Team providing life saving assistance to IDPS in Ali Awed and Jameecadka Caynaanshe
Health Infrastructure Support Project (HISP) – Providing medical equipment’s, rehabilitation of health facilities, Health Field Camps (visits by health personnel) students exchanges and Doctors
Taakulo Somaliland Community ( TASCO ) has distributed Hospital equipment to Hargeisa Group Hospital and Edna Aden Maternity Hospital. The equipment donated by Australian Doctors for Africa.
Trachoma eye checking by Fred Hollow Foundation
Fred Hollow Foundation are visiting in Somaliland for Trochoma eye problem. Dr. Richard from Australia and Dr. Wondu from Ethiopia are checking Children in Abdaal village on the road to Berbera.
Equipment to Hargaisa Group Hospital and Adna maternity Hospital Donated By Australian Doctors For Africa (ADFA)