A US$20 million boost from the UN’s Central Emergency Fund (CERF) will help in providing life-saving aid in Somalia, but it won’t be enough to halt a deepening crisis, aid agencies warn.
On 10 July 2014, the Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated US$ 1.5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help humanitarian partners in Somalia respond to a deadly measles outbreak.
The CERF funds will allow the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support immunization activities targeting 520,000 children and preventive measures to contain the virus.
Somalia has been beset by decades of conflict, drought, chronic food insecurity and displacement. More than 850,000 people are in need of urgent life-saving assistance and a further 2 million people are struggling to meet their own minimal food requirements.
14 August 2013: For the first time since 2007, a case of wild poliovirus was reported in Somalia on 9 May 2013. Since that case was confirmed in May, an additional 31 polio cases have been reported in the South Central zone of Somalia. Another six polio cases have been reported among Somali refugees in Dadaab, Northeast Kenya, suggesting the risk of widespread and cross-border transmission of the virus.