Aid in action

Somalia: local NGOs work to flatten the curve

Women bring their babies for check ups at a mother child health and nutrition centre

In the spring of 2020, Somalia was affected by the triple threat of floods, locusts and COVID-19. In southern Somalia in particular, local NGOs played a critical role in the humanitarian response. Movement restrictions limited the access of UN organizations and INGOs to certain areas, meaning that only local organizations could mount a response. Local Somali NGOs distributed translations of key WHO public health messages and COVID-19 mitigation strategies, as well as myth-busting misinformation about the virus. This demonstrated their ability to deliver life-saving responses to flatten the curve of the pandemic.

WFP/Kevin Ouma