The Horn of Africa is suffering from the worst drought in decades; an estimated 12.4 million people are facing disease and malnutrition.

Health priorities include the management of severe malnutrition, prevention and control of communicable diseases, early detection and response to outbreaks such as measles and cholera, and providing continuous care especially for pregnant women and infants.

In Somalia, an estimated 3.7 million people are at risk of malnutrition in eight regions of the country. Malnutrition increases both the risk and severity of infectious diseases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the Ministries of Health and Health Cluster partners to coordinate response in affected countries and those that border drought-stricken regions.