MOGADISHU Somalia. (Xinhua) --
The UN humanitarian agency said Monday it will
provide an additional 2 million U.S. dollars to step against
cholera outbreak in southern and central Somalia.
The UN Office for
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the funds from
the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will be provided to
help contain a major spike in cases of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD)
and cholera in southern and central Somalia, terming it a
“At present, health
and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) supplies to cover an
estimated caseload of 500 severe and 12,000 moderate cases are
being distributed,” OCHA said in its Humanitarian Bulletin
released on Monday.
Over 7,000 AWD/cholera
cases have been reported in the first quarter of 2016, a
significant increase from the 5,257 cases reported in all of
“The data collected
from 247 routine sentinel surveillance health facilities
indicates that more than half were children under the age of
five,” OCHA said.
According to UN,
projections of 15,000 severe and 60,000 moderate cases over the
coming months have led to plans for a significant and rapid
scale up of the response.
“To help stabilize
and contain the outbreak, the CERF rapid response grant of 2
million dollars will strengthen and complement response
activities already underway by WASH and Health partners,” it
This, OCHA said, is
in addition to an earlier reserve allocation of 600,000 dollars
from the Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) for the response to AWD/cholera
outbreak in Kismayo.
Of the 300 deaths
reported, 40 percent were among children under five. Banadir,
Bay, Hiraan, Lower Juba, Lower Shabelle, Middle Juba and Middle
Shabelle are the most affected regions.
There have also been
cases of AWD/cholera and related deaths in neighbouring Bu’uale,
Jilib, and Saakow districts. It is likely that there could be
under-reporting since many areas are inaccessible to reporting
systems and partners, and many do not have the resources to
travel and seek treatment at health facilities.
According to OCHA,
so far, over 17,000 hygiene kits have been distributed to the
affected areas by WASH partners, while 50,000 hygiene kits have
activities are being conducted in some affected districts by
WASH partners with the added support of education partners,
whose training material will be included in education activities
when schools reopen,” it said.