An estimated four million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in Somalia. Despite the large scale humanitarian assistance delivered, the FSNAU-FEWSNET post Jilal assessment indicates an elevated risk of famine (IPC 5) due to a combination of severe food insecurity, high acute malnutrition, and high disease burden. The number of people in need has increased to 6.7 million, including 3.2 million people in crisis.
More than 7,000 measles cases have been reported across Somalia since the start of the year, exceeding the total 2016 caseload. UNICEFand partners continue to scale up the response with more than 350,000 children immunized against measles in 2017.
In light of the scale of internal displacements to urban centres, it is critical to scale up access to sanitation and hygiene services. More than 30,000 emergency latrines need to be built to avoid further disease outbreaks, in particular as the rainy season sets in.