Somalia Humanitarian Emergency

Women and their children
UN Photo/Tobin Jones

The longstanding humanitarian crisis has been severely aggravated by the impact of drought, particularly in conflict-affected areas. The drought, which began in northern Somalia in late 2015, has triggered large-scale new displacements from rural to urban areas, increased protection concerns and disease outbreaks and exacerbated existing vulnerabilities, particularly among women, children, elderly, persons with disabilities and marginalized communities. Humanitarian assistance was scaled up massively in Somalia in 2017 and extensive famine was successfully averted. Humanitarian needs remain high due to consecutive failed rainy seasons, but partners providing response are reaching more than 3 million people per month and expect to be able to keep famine at bay well into 2018, provided there are no major disruptions to the ongoing response operation.  The devastating drought threatens the lives of 500,000 women of child-bearing age (WCBA) who are among the drought affected people. The protective environment remains weak for the IDPs and civilians affected by drought and continued conflict. Internally displaced women and girls are mostly at risk of gender based violence as 76 percent of the cases reported between January and June 2017 were among IDPs of which 96 percent of the GBV cases were among women and girls.

Country Population: 10.8 mil
Level of Crisis:
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Humanitarian needs

6.20 million
1.49 million
2.05 million
Last updated on - 01 Janvier 2017
UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Humanitarian funding

Resources in $

Key results2017

  • People Reached
    Total people reached with all types of SRH services
    People reached with Dignity Kits
    UNFPA-assisted safe deliveries
    Affected population who directly benefited from all types of emergency RH kits
    Women and girls accessing services provided through Service Delivery Points (SDPs) that are equipped with Post-Rape Kits
    GBV survivors reached
  • Services delivered
    Number of mobile clinics
    Functional health facilities supported by UNFPA that provide Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC)
    Number of safe spaces
    Number of service delivery points supported that provide clinical management of rape
    Maternity health facilities/tents/homes operationalized with UNFPA support
    Dignity Kits distributed
  • Capacity building
    Youth facilitators and volunteers trained on sexual and reproductive health
    Personnel trained on Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care
    Personnel trained on Minimum Initial Package (MISP)
    Personnel trained on clinical management of rape
    Health personnel trained on gender-based violence case management

Emergencies updates and resources

  • Results data are reported and updated as they become available.
  • - Targets and UNFPA's populations of concern, including women of reproductive age and pregnant women, are estimated using the MISP calculator.
  • - Funding estimates are based on country planning processes, including inter-agency humanitarian response plans and regional refugee and resilience plans.
  • L1: Humanitarian crises in which the national and international resources available in the affected country are sufficient for the required response.
  • L2: Humanitarian crises requiring significant support from neighbouring countries, regional organizations and possibly humanitarian agency headquarters.
  • L3: Major, sudden-onset humanitarian crises requiring mobilization across the humanitarian system.
  • Crisis levels are determined by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, a forum of UN and non-UN humanitarian partners.