Somalia

A life pursuing eradication

Shire vaccinating a childShire vaccinating a childMohamed Shire, a polio eradication expert from Somalia, speaks about lessons from a life tirelessly working to eradicate first smallpox, then polio

I have spent nearly my whole career working on eradication programmes – first smallpox, then polio. Eradication has been a rewarding career for me because I am so curious to know what is happening in the world. Every time I see a disease returning that we have worked so long to stop, I become so unhappy and know I need to work to stop it.

I worked for the smallpox eradication programme back in the 1970s. I was an epidemiologist – this means that my job was to track the disease and plan how we could stop it.

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Events

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

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 updates, 11 December 2018 No new human cases reported this week. The total number of cases remains 12: five cVDPV2 cases, six cVDPV3 cases, and one case with cVDPV2 and...

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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

Source: Country statistical profiles 2017

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