OVERALL SUMMARY: On Global Handwashing Day 15 October 2012, IOM Somalia’s Migration Health Division (MHD) launched a series of mass hygiene promotion campaigns in IDP settlements in all three regions of Somalia. Somalia’s under five mortality rate is the highest in the world (180/1,000 live births) and water-borne diseases such as Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) is one of the leading causes of child morbidity in the country.
BURAO: Presided over by Mr Rashid Farah Abdi, the Regional Director of the Ministry of Water, Energy and Mineral Resource, IOM in close partnership and in coordination with local implementing partner Youth Volunteers for Development and Environment Conservation (YOVENCO) joined hands with the Community Committee of Koosar settlement for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Burao, Somaliland (Somalia) to mark the Global Handwashing Day on 15 October 2012. Mr Farah Yusuf, the Vice Chairperson of the Community Committee, led a team of volunteers who distributed IEC material; 4,800 jerricans, bars of soap and sanitary kits to 2,400 households; and conducted hygiene promotion and health awareness activities that included skits, poems, and songs which targeted 879 young boys and girls.
Photo by Mohamed Aden Nur (© IOM 2012)