Ending cholera in Somalia


23 June 2019 – Combating cholera is a challenge for Somalia. Because of protracted crisis destroying the water and sanitation infrastructure and dilapidated health systems coupled with regular flooding there are several states recurrently hit by cholera epidemics. Despite these grave challenges, the Ministry of Health of Somalia, WHO and other partners have to face issues head on and identify a sustainable solution.

Unlike in 2017, the country contiues to report cholera cases sporadically, The country faced one of the largest cholera outbreaks in 2017 with over 78 000 cases, including 1159 deaths. In 2019, the country has so far reported 1041 cases of suspected cholera, including one related death from about 25 districts of the States, which are located in the basins of the Jubba and Shabelle rivers.

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WHO takes strides to eliminate measles and rubella in Somalia

29 May 2018 – Key stakeholders joined hands to draft a 5-year plan to reduce the incidence and mortality of measles and rubella in Somalia at a 3-day planning workshop convened...

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Nationwide measles immunization campaign launched in Somalia

18 November 2015 – A nationwide measles vaccination campaign has been launched in Somalia, aiming to reach 4.4 million children aged between 9 months and 10 years. Vaccinations will be provided through...

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In focus

Somalia situation reports

Cholera cases continue to be reported in Somalia since December 2017. Active transmission is currently reported in Banadir region only. A total of 1 338 cases with no deaths were...

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Situation reports on Horn of Africa outbreak response

Situation update No new human cases of cVDPV types 2 or 3 have been reported in the Horn of Africa since the previous situation report. The total remains 12 cases of...

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)12 316
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 732
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 55.4

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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