COVID-19 Emergency Response

Southwest States Somailia (SWS) Humanitarian Partners (UN, INGOs and NGOs) are working closely with the Ministry of Health and the UN to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure the accessibility and availability of health services. READO teams are working on the ground to reach and educate as many people as possible. We urgently need $6 million to reach the most affected population in the southwest states.

On 16 March 2020 Somalia confirmed the first case of COVID-19 and the Somali Government publicly announced the national contingency plan for preparedness and response for COVID-19. They also established an emergency task force comprised of Government Line Ministries, Donors, UN agencies and NGOs, set up a quarantine facility in Mogadishu, banned international flights for 2 weeks, prohibited public gatherings, and closed schools and universities indefinitely. 

The economic impact on urban areas will be exacerbated by possible lock-downs and resultant lack of income due to business closure. On top of that somalia is currently experiencing a desert locust upsurge that could have significant consequences for food security and livelihoods. 

The impact of COVID-19 on the supply chain could be significant, with lock-downs, closure of production plants, exhaustion of stocks, closure of ports, and impacts on access to markets. Southwest State Somalia remains in a protracted and complex humanitarian crisis, with high influx movements from rural-urban migration coupled with poor health facilities and systems. 

The advent of COVID-19 presents yet another challenge in an already fragile environment.

The protracted crisis is largely driven by climatic shocks, years of conflict, widespread poverty and long-term vulnerability. Climate-related events, mainly drought and flooding, have increased in frequency and intensity exacerbating humanitarian needs and undermining community resilience. According to the 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP 2020) an estimated 5.2 million people need humanitarian assistance in 2020, Southwest State Somalia are the among the worsen affected for the crises.


READO COVID-19 Preparedness Response Plan-March 2020