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  •  During his 3 day visit to Somalia the World Health Organization WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari visited North Galkacyo in the Puntland state of Somalia to monitor WHO s ongoing drought response activities see the work of community health workers in providing integrated health and nutrition services to people displaced by the hellip
    WHO Regional Director launches emergency health response plan
     During his 3 day visit to Somalia the World Health Organization WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari visited North Galkacyo in the Puntland state of Somalia to monitor WHO s ongoing drought response activities see the work of community health workers in providing integrated health and nutrition services to people displaced by the hellip
    WHO Regional Director launches emergency health response plan
    Africa2 months ago

    WHO Regional Director launches emergency health response plan

    During his 3-day visit to Somalia, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, visited North Galkacyo in the Puntland state of Somalia to monitor WHO's ongoing drought response activities, see the work of community health workers in providing integrated health and nutrition services to people displaced by the recent drought in Somalia and also visit one of the population camps internally displaced people to see the challenges communities face in meeting their health, nutrition, food, and water and sanitation needs.

    Later, he attended an event in Mogadishu where the WHO emergency health response plan for the drought was officially launched, which was also attended by HE Dr. Fawziya Abikar Nur, the Minister of Health and Human Services of the Federal Government of Somalia. , Mr. Jocelyn Mason, the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Somalia, interim, and Mr. Mugatte Guisse, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, interim.

    The ongoing drought in Somalia and throughout the Horn of Africa is known to be the worst in the region in the last 4 decades. In Somalia alone, an estimated 6.1 million people have been affected by drought, of whom 759,400 have been displaced in search of water, food and grazing; 3.5 million lack sufficient access to water; 6 million continue to face severe food shortages, with approximately 1.4 million children facing acute malnutrition by 2022, including 329,500 likely to be severely malnourished; So far, a total of 3,675 suspected cholera cases and 2,720 measles cases have been confirmed since January 2022 in the drought-affected areas.

    “Whenever natural disasters strike, disease inevitably follows, especially in fragile contexts. At all levels, WHO is leaving no stone unturned to help the people of Somalia cope with the stark effects of the drought,” said Dr. Al-Mandhari.

    “As one of the first responders on the ground, WHO is working with the government, donors and other UN agencies and health cluster partners to reduce the spread of disease and complications related to malnutrition, while rebuilding health systems to deal with similar calamities. in the future."

    The WHO emergency health response plan for the drought in Somalia for 2022 urgently requires US$35 million over the next 10 months to carry out life-saving emergency operations and reach more than 2.5 million vulnerable people in the most affected areas of the country.

    Dr. Al-Mandhari explained that the drought response plan, which will serve as a WHO model for intensifying efforts to save more lives and protect Somalis from severe forms of disease and malnutrition, was based on lessons learned from past droughts in Somalia and help prevent epidemics, save lives, protect the health and nutrition needs of communities, and avert a further health crisis.

    He also commended the Federal Government and UN partners for their collaborative efforts, emphasizing that the true essence of the Eastern Mediterranean Region Vision 2023 of “health for all by all” was solidarity with drought response work. in progress.“WHO is responding to the most dire needs of Somali families and is working to ensure that all Somali households, including the most vulnerable, can access lifesaving emergency support, especially during emergencies.The WHO Emergency Health Response Plan for the drought in Somalia calls for early action without regret. It is imperative that WHO has access to flexible, smart and unallocated funds to expand our lifesaving operations in hard-to-reach areas to protect the health and well-being of people affected by drought,” said Dr. Mamunur Malik, WHO Representative in Somalia.

  •  Encouraging recognizing and promoting volunteerism is an important part of creating a more equal and inclusive future for communities and around the world MOGADISHU Somalia December 9 2021 APO Group UN staff in Mogadishu Somalia on Friday December 3 2021 flocked to participate in a fun run to mark International Volunteer Day hellip
    UN in Somalia holds a fun run to mark International Volunteers Day
     Encouraging recognizing and promoting volunteerism is an important part of creating a more equal and inclusive future for communities and around the world MOGADISHU Somalia December 9 2021 APO Group UN staff in Mogadishu Somalia on Friday December 3 2021 flocked to participate in a fun run to mark International Volunteer Day hellip
    UN in Somalia holds a fun run to mark International Volunteers Day
    Africa7 months ago

    UN in Somalia holds a fun run to mark International Volunteers Day

    Encouraging, recognizing and promoting volunteerism is an important part of creating a more equal and inclusive future for communities and around the world.

    MOGADISHU, Somalia, December 9, 2021 / APO Group / -

    UN staff in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Friday, December 3, 2021, flocked to participate in a fun run to mark International Volunteer Day (IVD). This was in solidarity with the volunteer campaign and in keeping with this year's theme, "Volunteer Now for Our Common Future."

    Organized by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) team in Somalia, in collaboration with the United Nations Staff Welfare and Recreation Committee (SWRC), the event attracted ecstatic participants who took part in races of 5, 10 and 15 kilometers.

    In addition to promoting fitness and healthy living, the morning event presented an opportunity for everyone to promote the ideals of volunteering and the spirit of volunteering.

    While pointing to the participants, the United Nations Development Program Resident Representative in Somalia, Mr. Jocelyn Mason, said: “Volunteering is an integral part of what we do at the United Nations. Therefore, may the spirit of volunteering take you on your marathon ”.

    A feverish atmosphere filled the air as participants from different United Nations agencies, funds, programs and missions, including the African Union Mission in Somalia, waited anxiously for their call.

    The IVD is held annually on December 5 to recognize and promote the tireless work of United Nations Volunteers around the world. It is an opportunity for everyone to advance the Sustainable Development Goals, at all levels.

    The SDGs were adopted by the UN in 2015 as a call for universal action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

    Speaking after the race, Mr. Mason said: “The celebrations and values ​​espoused by IVD fill the UN team with optimism for a better future and called for concerted efforts to transform the world. For the generations of tomorrow, we must take responsibility for the changes necessary to build a better future now. "

    Encouraging, recognizing and promoting volunteerism is an important part of creating a more equal and inclusive future for communities and around the world.

    Mason commended all volunteers around the world, and in particular those who volunteered in Somalia, for their commitment to humanity and for staying the course, despite the challenges posed by the terrorist group Al- Shabaab and the disruptions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the director of UNSOS, Ms. Lisa Filipetto, and the director of UNSOS, Mr. Amadu Kamara, sent messages of goodwill.

    After the race, all participants were invited to a breakfast in the UN compound organized by the SWRC.

    The UN recognizes sport as a tool for social progress that can be used to inspire young people to participate in peacebuilding and development activities in countries that have experienced conflict like Somalia.