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Updated On: Thursday, July 20 2017
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Diseases Threaten Somali Children

Content by: South-South News

18 April 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — As a result of the extreme drought that has hit Somalia, a devastating outbreak of cholera and acute watery diarrhea has ravaged the country

Six years since famine was declared in parts of south-central Somalia, the country is once again on the brink of catastrophe. This time the drought is more widespread and has resulted in a chronic shortage of clean water. In some areas, water prices have increased six-fold.

In response, UNICEF and partners have scaled up their response to combat the cholera and acute watery diarrhea crisis by providing an integrated package of nutrition, water, sanitation and emergency health services. In 2017, UNICEF aims to reach 1.5 million people with access to clean water and over 700,000 Somalis with emergency health care services.

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