(Xinhua) -- The UN Office for
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) will release 1.9
million U.S. dollars to help contain the outbreak of cholera in
OCHA said in its report on Thursday that the
money, from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund, will be used
to contain the cholera outbreak in the next three months.
"It will support complementary health, logistics and water,
sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities in the most affected
areas with the highest caseload and notable increase in reported
deaths," OCHA said.
It said a gap of more than 4.3 million dollars remains to
support cholera response, including for the procurement of
emergency health and WASH supplies, and to meet the transport
and operational costs necessary to respond to a projected 75,000
people with severe or moderate cases over the next six months.
"Funds will also be needed to replenish emergency stocks that
have been used so far in preparation for future outbreaks," OCHA
UN figures show more than 10,000 cases of cholera have been
reported in southern and central Somalia since January.
The number of reported cases in the first half of 2016 alone
is 140 percent higher than those reported for the whole of 2015.
Based on information and data from previous years, the World
Health Organization (WHO) projects that cases could increase in
the next six months.
The UN said rain, flooding and displacement may contribute to
the spread and severity of the outbreak in southern and central
While the general trend in cholera cases and related deaths
have declined in the past few weeks, some of the hardest hit
districts such as Bu’aale, Kismayo and Sakow continue to report
cases, according to WHO.
Communities in most of the affected areas now have limited
access to safe drinking water while some are facing interrupted
access to preventive health services.