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.
In addition, over 3,000 suspected measles cases were reported between January and May 2014 and 73 per cent of those cases were children under the age of 5. Thousands more are at risk of disability or death if they are not urgently vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.
On 10 July 2014, the Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated US$ 1.5 million from CERF to help the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund to support the immunization activities and preventive measures to contain the virus.