On 10 July 2014, the Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated US$ 1.5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help humanitarian partners in Somalia respond to a deadly measles outbreak.
The CERF funds will allow the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support immunization activities targeting 520,000 children and preventive measures to contain the virus.
UNICEF reported 1,350 suspected cases of measles in March and April, a figure four times higher than the same period last year. Many children in the country are malnourished and few people have access to basic health services, making an outbreak potentially dangerous for thousands of others.
WHO estimates that in complex emergencies like Somalia, 10 per cent of children affected by measles could die from complications.
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