December 1, 2017
Today is World AIDS Day
Militant groups such as Al-Shabaab – which the US designated as a foreign terrorist organization in 2008 – have controlled vast areas in the south of the country for the last decade, causing many internally displaced people (IDPs) to flee to northern areas such as the region of Puntland.
The resulting instability has caused a severe deterioration in living conditions for most of the population, which has been exacerbated by recent events such as floods and droughts. In 2011, just six short years ago, over 260,000 people starved to death in Somalia. In 2017, famine once again threatens thousands of families across the country.
As a result of the drought conditions there has been a sharp increase in cases of malnutrition, AWD (Acute Watery Diarrhea – a precursor to cholera and a direct cause of malnutrition) and cholera itself.
In response to the crisis, our teams have scaled up their capacity in Somalia. We are providing the Bosaso General Hospital with additional resources and increasing our activities such as early detection, prevention and treatment of AWD, cholera and malaria through our mobile units.
We are also focused on providing care in rural areas, which have little to no access to health and medical facilities. Our teams, alongside a variety of humanitarian actors, are working tirelessly to prevent a repeat of the 2011 famine. For the latest information on the drought crisis in Somalia, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.