Children in Somalia are disproportionately affected by the harsh drought. By the end of the year, 1.5 million children under five will suffer from severe malnutrition, ie 45% of the total child population, with 386,400 children likely to suffer from severe malnutrition.
Compounding crises in 2022 increased WASH vulnerabilities in Somalia, resulting in an outbreak of acute watery diarrhea (AWD)/cholera that infected over 5,834 people and killed 20 people in drought-affected districts. Currently, 4.2 million people are experiencing severe water shortages across the country.
Additionally, 9,562 suspected measles cases have been reported since January.
In 2022, 644,740 (196,547 girls, 199,410 boys, 128,347 women and 120,436 men) received emergency water supplies.
Since January, 146,112 children (79,814 girls, 66,298 boys) suffering from severe acute malnutrition have been admitted for therapeutic care, while 524,648 mothers and caregivers have benefited from infant and young child feeding counseling services.
In 2022, UNICEF, through its partners, helped 366,492 children and women access life-saving health services.
UNICEF has helped 119,686 vulnerable children access emergency education services while 65,158 people have accessed mental health and psychosocial support services since January.