Horn of Africa Crisis situation report 13

Horn of Africa Crisis situation report 13


27 October 2011

Situation Highlights


  • A total of 85,386 households received monthly blanket supplementary food rations benefitting approximately 512,316 people, including 102,463 children under five, in Bay, Bakool, Hiran, Middle Juba and Lower Shabelle.
  • In total since January, 103,163 severely malnourished children and 178,580 moderately malnourished children have been admitted and treated in UNICEF supported nutrition centres. In addition, 39,395 HHs (236,370 people) have been admitted into the wet feeding programme to date.
  • The mop up measles vaccination campaign in Mogadishu has kicked off on 26 October, targeting over 750,000 children aged 6 months to 15 years. Since July, UNICEF/WHO and partners have reached over one million children (6 months to 15 years) with measles vaccinations in Mogadishu and Baidoa IDP camps, Gedo, Galgaduud, Mudug, Lower Juba and Hiran regions (out of a targeted 2.9 million), while 935,811 children aged 6-59 months received Vitamin A and 190,125 children aged 12-59 months received deworming tablets.
  • A total of 31,183 children are being reached in 325 Child Friendly Spaces (CFSs) now operational in Bay, Bakool, Banadir and Lower Shabelle, Lower Juba and Gedo.
  • UNICEF supported over 1.5 million people to gain access to clean water, while almost 56,000 to gain access to sanitation and over 290,000 people to practice good hygiene and household water treatment. The global hand washing campaign, which kicked off on 15 October, has reached over 1.5 million people across the country.


Ethiopia Drought Situation

  • Most parts of Somali Region continued to receive the seasonal Deyr rains that started in the last week of September, improving access to water for humans and animals and regenerating pasture for animals. Following the rains, flooding has been reported.
  • Phase 1 of the integrated Measles SIA in Somali region was completed with 664,210 (82% of target) and 230,862 (76% of target) children reportedly immunised for measles and polio respectively.
  • The overall water trucking requirement has decreased from 78 trucks in the previous week to 39 this week, benefiting an estimated 68,000 people.

Somali Refugee Situation

  • As of 24 October 2011, the Somali refugee population in the four Dollo Ado camps stands at 132,732 (including people in the transit center). The average daily number of new arrivals for the week of 19-24 October stands at 142, a decrease from the previous week’s average of 454 arrivals.
  • On 20 October, classes for the 2011/12 school year began in Hiloweyn and Kobe camps in Dollo Ado. For the other two camps, Bokolmayo and Melkedida, schools started on 15 October. So far, with registration just beginning, an estimated 2,100 children are attending the schools in the four camps.

Sudanese Refugee Situation (Blue Nile State)

  • More than 1,500 Sudanese asylum seekers crossed into Kurmuk, Ethiopiaon 22-23 October. The total number of Sudanese refugees living in the camps in Benishangul Gumuz stands at 13,018.
  • During the reporting period, UNICEF conducted an assessment of infant feeding practices of refugees in Sherkole and Tongo camps, as well as at Gizan and Kurmuk reception sites. The assessment is recommending the establishment of baby friendly spaces.


  • Rains continue, with heavy rainfall reported. This has increased vulnerability to pneumonia and waterborne diseases, particularly in the north and at the coast. Access to some populations in need has also been impeded due to difficult road conditions.
  • Food, water, critical health and nutrition, education and limited child protection services continue in the Dadaab Refugee Camps
  • A significantly reduced number of Somali refugees crossed into Kenya as a result of the major military campaign underway across the border in Somalia accompanied by heavy rains.
  • The security management team in the Dadaab refugee complex has agreed on indicators to be met prior to resumption of the full range of refugee services in the camps.A key indicator for full resumption of refugee programmes in the camps is the provision of more police by the GoK.
  • UNICEF field staff in Dadaab continue to work round-the-clock to work in the areas of health, nutrition, education, child protection, and WASH.