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Somalia: Drought Operations Update, 16 March 2017

On 15 March 2017, the Government of Somalia launched an oral cholera vaccination (OCV) campaign, the first such campaign in Somalia - with the support of UN World Health Organization (WHO), targeting over 450,000 people in seven high-risk areas around the country. The vaccines, which will be administered to at-risk persons aged one year or older, are being delivered in two rounds - from 15 March to 19 March, and the second round will be held from 18 to 22 April. Somalia is currently experiencing a large-scale outbreak of AWD/cholera with over 11,000 cases and 268 related deaths (case–fatality rate 2.4 per cent) reported in 11 regions since the beginning of 2017. The response efforts by the Ministry of Health, WHO, UNICEF and health partners have included active case search, effective case management, intensive household chlorination and community awareness campaigns.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
17 Mar 2017
Document type: 
Situation Report
Coordination hub(s): 
Somalia: Cholera Outbreak - Apr 2016
Somalia: Drought - 2015-2018