The EU remains focused on tackling the outbreak of COVID-19 and mitigating the effects of the crisis in Somalia. As part of its “Team Europe” package for the country, the EU launched in February 2021 two additional support packs.
1. Containing and suppressing the Covid19 pandemic - with WHO
Project title: Emergency operational response to COVID-19 in Somalia to support the prevention of large-scale community spread through public health systems strengthening.
In partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Federal Government, the European Union (EU) launched a €5 million multi-year project that aims to prevent further community spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to strengthen the health services delivery across the country. The objective is to contain and suppress the COVID-19 epidemic, and other disease outbreaks, in locations where signs of virus circulation and transmission continue. The project, which was signed in December 2020, will contribute to preventing large-scale community transmission of COVID-19 and further spread and/or resurgence of the virus, as well as other epidemic-prone diseases, while, also, helping health systems recover better and stronger.
Over a three-year period, the project will support institution and capacity building of health workforce in the country, such as establishing integrated data management and surveillance system and launching a new services availability and readiness assessment (SARA) survey, which will consolidate information on all health facilities and services available across the country. This information will be useful to better understand how the project is having an impact on its beneficiaries by improving health and keeping them safe and protected.
WHO and the Federal Ministry of Health will jointly implement the project.
2. Reducing the negative impact of the COVID19 pandemic – with UN-Habitat
Project title: EU response to health and socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in Mogadishu.
In partnership with UN-Habitat and the Federal Government, the European Union (EU) launched a 5.275 million EUR project that will support preparedness, response and mitigation activities to reduce the negative impacts of COVID-19 on health, public hygiene and livelihoods.
The project will help increase local capacity in crisis response and effective crises management. Several primary public health facilities will be rehabilitated, COVID-19 centers supported and water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in informal settlements improved. Up to 10,000 households will receive temporary cash transfers.
The distribution of the first tranche of unconditional cash transfers to 1680 families affected by displacement in Hodan, Dharkenley and Kahda districts of Mogadishu has already been completed.
The project will be implemented with the Benadir Regional Administration (BRA)/Mogadishu Municipality, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Save the Children over the next 18 months.