On 1 February, a health worker weighs a baby as the child’s mother watches, at a UNICEF-supported outpatient therapeutic feeding clinic on the outskirts of the south-western town of Baidoa, in Bay Region. The clinic, run by Deeg-Roor Medical Organization (DMO), a UNICEF-supported NGO, provides life-saving nutrition treatment and care, as well as basic health services.

In February 2017 in Somalia, the humanitarian situation in the country continues to deteriorate, with an estimated 6.2 million people (about half of the population) either severely food insecure or in need of livelihood support. Severe drought is now affecting all regions, following the failure of two or more consecutive rains, and with the last ‘Deyr’ season (October-December) performing poorly and large areas receiving less than 40 per cent normal rainfall. The ongoing drought and other shocks have left communities with little or no remaining resources. Entire villages have lost their crops or seen their livestock die. The prices for water and locally produced food have risen dramatically, and thousands of people are on the move in search of food and water. The drought is also exacerbating the existing nutrition crisis in the country, where more than 363,000 children under the age of 5 are acutely malnourished, including 71,000 suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and in urgent need of life-saving treatment. UNICEF estimates that by April 2017, 750,000 people will need health assistance and 4.5 million will need water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) support. Also, should the next rains prove inadequate and humanitarian assistance not reach drought-affected populations, there is a risk of famine in the second half of 2017. The drought has also led to an increase in waterborne diseases, with more than 4,000 cases of acute watery diarrhoea/cholera this year. UNICEF and the World Food Programme are working together to scale up their responses in accessible areas, where millions of lives

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