Somalia


Somalia commemorates one-year anniversary of no reported polio cases in the country

WHO Representative for Somalia Dr Ghulam Popal and Federal Minister of Health of Somalia Dr Hawo Hassan Mohamed address the mediaWHO Representative for Somalia Dr Ghulam Popal and Federal Minister of Health of Somalia Dr Hawo Hassan Mohamed address the media

11 August 2015 marked the one-year anniversary of the last reported case of polio in Somalia. To mark the occasion, the Federal Minister of Health of Somalia Dr Hawo Hassan Mohamed joined by the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (DSRSG), UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Mr Peter de Clercq and WHO Representative for Somalia Dr Ghulam Popal, participated in the vaccination of children under the age of 5 in the largest internally displaced persons camp in Mogadishu.

The Minister of Health of the Federal Government of Somalia said that progress had indeed been remarkable. Effective outbreak response actions, including the national immunization campaigns which started in May 2013, had brought about tangible results as no polio case had been reported for a year. The Minister of Health, however, highlighted that there was still a long way to go to eradicate polio from Somalia.  

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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

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