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An innovative and unique partnership: WHO, Sweden and Somalia work together to improve health outcomes for all Somalis

Sweden is working closely with WHO to support the establishment of an independent Somali public health authority: The National Institute of Health

Nearly 30 years of conflict and instability have heavily marked Somalia’s recent history. Some gains are being made, but the country still faces many challenges ahead. Somalia’s health indicators, especially for women and children rank among the lowest in the world. Recently published statistics show that maternal mortality and deaths…

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Coronavirus: How polio personnel are pivoting against COVID-19

On World Polio Day, we recognize the immense contributions of polio workers to COVID-19 response and acknowledge the major challenges ahead

World Polio Day, on 24 October, is when the world comes together to celebrate the determination that has brought us 99% of the way to ending polio, and reflect on the heights we must scale to defeat the disease completely.    This year, Africa was declared free of wild poliovirus, a…

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Coronavirus: Somalia marks 6 months of COVID-19

Close collaboration among United Nations agencies, and with health authorities, has helped mount a strong response to the outbreak

Somalia is no stranger to emergencies. For decades, Somalis have passed down to younger generations their rich, vibrant culture, along with mechanisms to cope with all kinds of challenges they have faced over the years. Their resilience and Somalia’s health system have been tested yet again in the last 6…

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Coronavirus: Somalia responds swiftly to measles outbreak in Jubaland State

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on Somalia’s fragile health care system and immunization services

The health system of any country needs a surveillance system that can collect information on and detect alerts of epidemic-prone diseases. When a number of cases threatens to turn into an outbreak or epidemic, the surveillance system sounds an alarm that triggers a chain of immediate public health interventions. Somalia's…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: Children missing out on routine vaccinations in Somalia amid COVID-19 fears

If regular immunization is not continued and stepped up in the coming months, Somalia stands a high chance of reversing some of the health gains made in child health in the last few decades

In the recent past, 25-year-old Zahra Mohamud* had visited the Hawadle maternal and child health centre in Hargeisa regularly to have her older son Ibrahim* vaccinated against the most common childhood diseases. However, since the COVID-19 outbreak in Somalia, Zahra has been afraid to take her 7-month-old second son Jama*…

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Coronavirus: Somalia Weekly Polio Update

The polio programme has synchronized its sample collection with COVID-19 sample transportation

Four new circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) positive sewage samples have been identified from environmental surveillance (ES) sites in Mogadishu, indicating ongoing transmission and circulation of polioviruses. This brings the total number of cVDPV2 positive samples to 11 in 2020. The last reported case of paralysis in a child…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: Early Warning, Alert and Response Network (EWARN) May 2020 - COVID-19 information note 2

EWARN rolls out during this difficult time of responding to COVID-19

As disease surveillance in Somalia needs to be scaled up during COVID-19, EWARN rolls out during this difficult time of responding to COVID-19, being ahead of the curve is the only way to stop transmission and limit the spread of the virus in the community. Enhancing active surveillance and expanding…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: WHO and European Union unite to fight a common enemy to humanity

This new collaboration between the European Union (EU) and WHO in Somalia is the result of a recently established bilateral coordination mechanism for COVID-19 response

The WHO country office and the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Somalia have joined hands under a new collaboration in the country to strengthen operational response activities for COVID-19. The new collaboration aims to accelerate support for the frontline work of WHO in combating COVID-19 in a seemingly…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: As Somalia braces to effectively respond to COVID-19 outbreak, life-saving essential health care services are scaled up

Since the beginning of the outbreak, seven associated deaths out of 135 cases have been reported by the government in Somalia as of 19 April 2020

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Somalia including associated deaths attributed to coronavirus disease. While the cases grow in numbers, the health systems in Somalia is being rapidly confronted with increasing demand for patient care from COVID-19. When health systems are strained and overwhelmed specially in…

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WHO Executive Board appoints directors for Africa and Europe

Re-appointed Dr Matshidiso Moeti for a second term as WHO Regional Director for Africa

The WHO Executive Board, currently holding its 146th session in Geneva, has re-appointed Dr Matshidiso Moeti for a second term as WHO Regional Director for Africa and Dr Hans Kluge as Regional Director for Europe in his first term. Re-election of the Regional Director for Africa “I am greatly honoured…