Lack of Funds Imperils WHO Work in Somalia

Lack of adequate financial support from the international community can undo progress made by the World Health Organization in Somalia as well as restrict the agency’s capacity to continue delivering quality health care to the most vulnerable groups in the country. Only 8 percent of the USD46 million that WHO requested under the 2010 Consolidated Appeals Process for Somalia has been funded as of March 26, Paul Garwood, a spokesman of the agency, explained. Garwood added that the WHO is already planning to reduce its activities in some part of Somalia even as cases of cholera and other diseases are on the rise.

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    Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.