Women in Somalia have been forced to bear the brunt of the drought now taking place in the Horn of Africa region. The United Nations has delcared famine in two areas in the south of the country., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
UN office: Somalia still suffering from malnutrition despite relative decline
Abdulaziz Billow, Press TV, Mogadishu
Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:22PM GMT
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (O-C-H-A) in Somalia has announced a slight improvement in fighting malnutrition in the country. The body says malnutrition has decreased by 23% in the first six months of this year compared to the same period in 2012.
O-C-H-A attributes the improvement to several factors among them, a general progress in the socio-economic environment, continued humanitarian assistance, and more access to various parts of the country.
O-C-H-A, however, warns that malnutrition is still above emergency levels among internally displaced people also known as IDP’s. Somalia has witnessed its worst famine in six decades with the U-N estimating that half a million Somalis have lost their lives since 2011.
Findings by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit also shows malnutrition among IDP’s has deteriorated in Hargeysa, the second-largest city in the country.
Meanwhile, O-C-H-A says it is hopeful that malnutrition continues to decrease across the famine-ravaged nation thanks to more food supplies and less occurrence of waterborne diseases.
Last year, the United Nations launched its three-year humanitarian appeal for Somalia. It hopes to raise $1.3 billion for humanitarian projects for 3.8 million Somalis in need.