Humanitarian Action For 2007 in Somalia

Health: UNICEF will provide basic primary health care services to 1.4 million drought- and conflict-affected people in Central/South Somalia and to 400,000 displaced people across the country. Key activities will include: provide essential medical supplies for health posts and maternal and child health centres; provide fixed, advanced and outreach immunization services; strengthen routine immunization; launch a polio immunization campaign to contain/reverse the current outbreak; combine social mobilization with capacity-strengthening and supervision of health care providers; support mobile health teams in displaced communities; provide mother and child health services, including micro nutrient supplementation and antenatal care; disseminate health messages; support transitional institutions to develop emergency response capacity.
Nutrition: Benefiting 60,000 malnourished children, UNICEF will provide technical support and improve capacity of selected feeding implementing partners; provide emergency nutrition supplies and support warehousing facilities; support current routine and emergency nutrition response and advocate for integration of complementary programmes; identify and support community-based organizations and Somali nationals to improve nutrition response coverage; improve intra-cluster and inter sectoral programme coordination.
Water and environmental sanitation: Benefiting some 300,000 people, particularly those displaced or at increased risk of displacement due to drought, UNICEF will rehabilitate/protect water sources; provide basic sanitation and hygiene services; chlorinate water points in cholera-prone areas; provide water trucking services; conduct regular monitoring to identify gaps and enhance coordination and partnerships.
Education: UNICEF will provide tented learning spaces and educational material for 10,000 displaced children; ensure rapid training for displaced teachers and community education committees; ensure girls’ access to education through affirmative action; train authorities in rapid assessment, advocacy, mobilization, Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies, and in management functions to support rapid response in emergencies; support development of the education management information system; provide youth-to-youth education for adolescents and peace mentoring, leadership and organizational development training for 100 youth groups.
Child protection: UNICEF will assess and develop local partners’ capacity in human rights and protection issues; identify 20 new NGO partners; develop community mobilization tools on protection issues related to internally displaced children and sexual and gender-based violence; widen access to information and life skills development for HIV prevention, care and support amongst vulnerable women; support new legal institutions; engage religious and secular leaders in HIV response; train and deploy psychosocial workers and establish peer support mechanisms for protection from abuses; document/disseminate reported cases of SGBV sexual and gender-based violence to monitoring networks and authorities; develop mine-risk education materials.
Early recovery: UNICEF will enhance early warning systems to improve disaster preparedness capacities of local authorities; promote UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies with key local stakeholders; support community-driven development to integrate a human rights-based programming approach to ensure awareness of entitlements in transition from relief to development; strengthen regional coordination mechanisms to provide a minimum package of HIV interventions to vulnerable populations in Central South Somalia; support participation and political inclusion of women, minorities and youth in local government.
Shelter, non-food items and operations: UNICEF will procure and pre-position key shelter items and family relief kits which include blankets, insecticide-treated nets, jerrycans and kitchen sets; provide support to maintain flexible operational capacity, including security, air operations and general logistical support.