Somalia


Somalia polio free for 6 months but UN says vaccination campaigns must continue as risks remain

A child is given an oral polio vaccine in SomaliaNairobi, 19 February 2015 – Somalia is marking six months since the last polio case was seen in the country following an outbreak that began in May 2013 affecting 199 people, mostly children. Since the outbreak began, the authorities, with the support of UNICEF and WHO have targeted more than 2 million children under the age of 5 for vaccinations, as well as children aged from 5 to 10 and adults in some areas. 

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Events

Inauguration ceremony of new WHO office construction in Garowe, Puntland

A foundation stone laying ceremony was held on 6 February in Garowe to officially signify the start of construction of a new WHO office in Puntland. The ceremony took...

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HIV treatment works: TREAT MORE TREAT BETTER

According to surveys conducted since 2010, the prevalence of HIV among pregnant women in Somalia is 1.1%, 0.4% and, 0.3% in the Northwest, Northeast and South Central zones, respectively. Among...

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In focus

The Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS), a major new scheme to provide a comprehensive range of free health services, was launched in Mogadishu in May, in the presence of...

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Improving child health and immunization in Somalia

From 1 to 5 March 2014, the children and mothers of Puntland, Somalia, received a package of critical health interventions. This effort completed the nationwide Child Health Days (CHD) campaign,...

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)10 195
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 850
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 53.0

Source: Country statistical profiles 2014

See Somalia country profile

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WHO Liaison Office for Somalia in Nairobi
PO Box 63565
Nairobi