The Cost of Inaction, July 2023

  • Somalia is facing a humanitarian crisis due to a combination of factors, including drought, floods, conflict, and insecurity. Humanitarian needs remain high, exacerbated by floods caused by the April to June Gu rains, protracted displacement, renewed conflict and security operations, and access impediments. The cost of inaction is too high, as it will result in increased mortality, displacement, and economic disruption. More funding is needed to sustain humanitarian operations.
  • Somalia is facing an acute food crisis, with over 500,000 pregnant and lactating women likely to be acutely malnourished through December 2023.
  • Over 260,000 children have been admitted for severe acute malnutrition as of May, and 520 deaths reported as of March.
  • About 43,000 excess deaths occurred during the 2022 drought, of which 50 percent were children below 5.
  • The overall Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate in Somalia is 15.8 percent, which is critically high and particularly among the internally displaced people in Mogadishu (20.2 percent).
  • Additional funding to support investments in immediate integrated response in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), nutrition, and health is required.
  • Preventative and treatment nutrition interventions targeting newly arrived internally displaced people (displaced people) and rural populations must be sustained to prevent the re-occurring risk of famine, increased morbidity, and high excess mortality as experienced in 2022.

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