UNICEF Somalia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 2, 1 - 28 February 2023


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  • Between January and March 2023, nearly 5 million Somalis are estimated to be experiencing Crisis or worse food security outcomes (IPC Phase 3 or higher). These include close to 1.4 million people in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and 96,000 people in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5).

  • A mortality estimate report commissioned by UNICEF and WHO and carried out by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in collaboration with the Federal Government of Somalia, FAO (FSNAU) and Somalia’s SIMAD University estimates that in 2022, the drought caused 43,000 excess deaths, with 21,800 of these deaths occurring among children under 5 years.

  • UNICEF and partners supported 368,581 people (60.5 per cent females) with emergency water supply while 361,393 children and women received lifesaving health care and 93,643 children (52,178 girls) were treated for severe acute wasting.

  • UNICEF provided daily water to 34,000 women, men and children displaced by heavy fighting in Laas Caanood.

  • Some 26,341 children under the age of five were vaccinated against polio in newly accessible areas in Adan Yabal and 19,092 children in Run Nirgod.

  • It is imperative that sufficient and flexible financial resources are frontloaded to sustain and scale up the humanitarian response.