Preparing for the pandemic in Somalia | Development and Peace

Preparing for the pandemic in Somalia

On March 16, 2020, Somalia’s health ministry identified the country’s first COVID-19 case in the capital, Mogadishu. International flights were soon suspended and, as was being done in several countries, Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire announced the closure of educational institutions and the cancellation of public events and gatherings.

In the Gedo region, our partner, Trocaire, quickly put in place measures to protect local communities from the coronavirus, while maintaining essential healthcare; food and water; sanitation and hygiene; and public protection services.

Standards-compliant isolation facilities are being prepared and essential facilities have been secured for staff and patients. Working with the national ministry of health, the World Health Organization and other local partners, Trocaire has trained more than 60 community influencers to promote good hygiene practices in communities.