Action Against Hunger has been present in Djibouti since 2011

Djibouti

In 2017, nearly one third of the population was in need of humanitarian aid

 

Country Overview

The humanitarian situation in Djibouti is worrying: nearly one-third of the population was in need of humanitarian aid in 2017, with around 155,000 people suffering from food insecurity. The country is extremely poor in resources and is almost entirely dependent on food imports. 15% of the population doesn't have access to water, healthcare or sanitation. Extreme poverty and unemployment is endemic, affecting nearly 23% of people and more than 70% of the working-age population respectively. Most economic activity is concentrated in the capital city, where 60% of its population lives. 

Recurring drought, high unemployment and fluctuations in food prices compound the situation, with communities' income sources in decline. The lack of rainfall in recent years has decimated herds on which rural communities depend for their livelihoods and reduced grazing areas. Despite a lack of reliable data on malnutrition, it is estimated that acute malnutrition rates are close to exceeding emergency thresholds. 

14,101
People helped in 2017

What we are doing

Action Against Hunger has been present in Djibouti since 2011, however towards the end of 2016, the government issued an embargo on INGOs and UN agencies halting our activities. Despite this, our teams have worked with local partners and maintained an efficient emergency response to improve food security through integrated water, sanitation and hygiene projects, and in food security and livelihoods. This has included developing operational research, community utility works, distributing 773 tonnes of ready-to-use therapeutic foods, the supervision of health centres, testing and referral of cases of under-nutrition, training and awareness raising on health, nutrition and good hygiene practices, and rehabilitation and construction of latrines. A report on mother-and-child psychosocial practices and resources was also produced.

Our programmes in Djibouti include:

  • Hygiene educational programmes
  • Distributing of water storage kits
  • Rehabilitating family latrines
  • Developing vegetable gardens
  • Screening and treating children with malnutrition
  • Psychosocial support groups

 

Action Against Hunger has been present in Djibouti since 2011
Action Against Hunger has been present in Djibouti since 2011

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Facts

Number of staff
15
Operating since
2011
Based in
Dikhil, Obock, Tadjourah, Djibouti Ville (Balbala)