Over 10,000 young Somali women graduate from USAID and UK-funded education program

Over 10,000 Somali adolescent girls and young women graduated from an 11-month non-formal education course aimed at enhancing literacy, numeracy, and life leadership skills on Wednesday in Mogadishu, Somalia. The 10,616 graduates include girls living with disabilities who have emerged as influential role models and ambassadors, championing school enrollment and active participation within their communities and among […]

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Hit by floods and drought, quarter of Somali people at risk of ‘crisis-level’ hunger, WFP says

A quarter of Somalia’s population is forecast to face “crisis-level hunger or worse” this year due to drought and floods caused by climate change, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. Floods that have uprooted hundreds of thousands of people in Somalia and neighbouring countries in East Africa following a historic drought earlier this year […]

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WHO scales up response to tackle cholera in Somalia amid heavy rains

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday that it is ramping up response to curb cholera transmission in Somalia as heavy rains continue to pound several parts of the country. The WHO said Somalia has had uninterrupted cholera transmission in 29 drought-affected districts since 2022 and in the Banadir region since the drought of 2017. […]

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Minnesota doctors bring lifesaving equipment and training to Somaliland’s poor

Dr. Abdirahman Madar uses the same type of hand-held ultrasound device while training doctors at Hargeisa Group Hospital in Somaliland as when he sees patients in Minneapolis. In Minnesota, the device is just one of many available diagnostic imaging tools. In Somaliland, it complements a single CT scanner as the hospital’s only diagnostic imaging tool […]

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Booklet on maternal and infant healthcare launched in Hargeisa

Taiwan Representative Office in the Republic of Somaliland, Somaliland’s Ministry of Health Development, Taiwan ICDF, and Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital have launched the first maternal booklet in Somaliland to enhance the local and regional accessibility of maternal and infant healthcare services. Taiwan Ambassador Allen Chenhwa Lou praised the launching of Somaliland’s first Maternal […]

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FAO launches drought mitigation initiative in three Horn of Africa nations

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on Wednesday launched a 2-million-U.S.-dollar drought mitigation program in Kenya, Uganda, and Djibouti. David Phiri, the FAO Subregional coordinator for Eastern Africa and FAO representative to the African Union (AU), said the program will reach close to 100,000 most vulnerable people in the three countries. […]

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Report: 43,000 estimated dead in Somalia drought last year

A new report says an estimated 43,000 people died amid Somalia’s longest drought on record last year and half of them likely were children under 5 years old. It is the first official death toll announced in the drought withering large parts of the Horn of Africa. At least 18,000 people, and as many as 34,000, are […]

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Kenya’s Dadaab camp swells with Somalis fleeing drought, conflict

For much of her adult life, Shamsa Amin Ali has had to cope with failed rains withering her crops, killing her livestock and displacing her and her family within Somalia. But faced with a relentless drought that has gripped the Horn of Africa region for the past three years, her resilience reached breaking point. “In […]

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WFP warns of worsening humanitarian crisis in Horn of Africa

After five consecutive below-average rains, the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa is expanding and deepening, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has warned.Combined with insecurity and macroeconomic volatility, the impact of the drought on food and nutrition security has been devastating, the WFP said in its regional drought response plan for the […]

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