ORS/Zinc status – Somalia

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SomaliaSomalia (10th)*

Population: 15.89m (2020)
Area: 637,655 sqkm

Diarrhoea deaths: 9,531 (2019)

ORS coverage: 13% (2019)

ORS + Zinc coverage: ??% (2019)

 

* Somalia has the tenth highest number of diarrhoea deaths in the World

National EML download: Somali Essential Medicines List (2019)

National policy
✅ ORS+Zinc in National Clinical Guidelines
✅ National Essential Medicines List last updated in 2019
ORS included in the National Essential Medicines List
Zinc included in the National Essential Medicines List
Co-packaged ORS & Zinc included in the National Essential Medicines List

Zinc availability
✅ Zinc available “over the counter”
✅ Any retailer can sell Zinc

Outlets for Zinc tablets:
✅ Pharmacies
✅ Drug stores/shops
❌ Supermarkets
❌ General retail outlets
✅ Community Health Workers
❌ Door-to-door sales people
✅ Government hospitals/clinics
✅ Private hospitals/clinics
❌ Campaigns and outreach

Co-pack availability
❌ Co-packaged ORS and Zinc available
✅ Discussions underway about introducing co-packaged ORS and Zinc

Co-packaged ORS and Zinc brands (may not be exhaustive)
None

Co-packaged ORS and Zinc manufacturers (may not be exhaustive)
None

Co-pack costs
Typical cost of a ORS/Zinc co-pack in the PUBLIC sector
N/A
Typical cost of a ORS/Zinc co-pack in the PRIVATE sector
N/A

✅ Diarrhoea programmes currently on-going

 

Name Organisation Funder Diarrhoea specific Target area
Female health workers. Child health technical working group Federal Ministry of Health Government No National

 

Additional information
The government would like to develop a national child survival strategy.

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Making co-packaged ORS and Zinc the "go to" treatment for childhood diarrhoea

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