Improving the Environmental Health Conditions of the People of Somalia

News Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:05 Share

IOM is building the capacity of Somali NGOs to conduct water quality analysis in order to provide quality, clean and safe drinking water to vulnerable internally displaced persons (IDP) ©IOM 2012 (Photo: Kaoi Nakasa)

Due to a combination of poor sanitation and an insufficient supply of clean and safe drinking water, increasing numbers of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) and confirmed cholera cases are prevalent in Mogadishu, Somalia. Vulnerable populations such as Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) bear the burden of the breakdown of public health services and referral mechanisms.


Funded by the Government of Japan, since February 2012, IOM Somalia has been contributing to the improvement of environmental health (EH) conditions of IDPs in Mogadishu, Somalia, through a clean water supply and cholera prevention project, using an innovative Japanese water treatment flocculent technology, PGα21Ca (commonly known as Poly-Glu), patented by Nippon Poly-Glu Company Limited (NPG) in Osaka, Japan.


Since January 2012, over 13,000 vulnerable displaced Somalis have benefited from IOM’s provision of safe and clean water in Mogadishu. To date, a total of 11 settlements for internally displaced persons (IDP) and their host communities in three districts across Mogadishu (Hodan, Howl Wadaag and Hamar Jajab) have had boreholes connected to water tanks via piping systems. Each beneficiary receives at least 7.5 liters of safe and clean water per day, as per the Somalia Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) cluster guidelines.


As a result of the ongoing scale-up, on average 13,000 beneficiaries (within IDP settlements and host communities) are able to receive water on a daily basis, thus one (1) million liters of water on average per month is being treated and provided.