What we are doing
Action Against Hunger has been present in Somalia since 1992 and our teams are working in Puntland and in the capital of Mogadishu as well as in South Central Somalia, specifically the regions of Bakool, Nugaal, Benadir and Lower Shabelle. In 2016, we helped over 283,729 people across Somalia.
Our top priorities for our emergency response to the crippling 2017 drought are to provide lifesaving treatment for severely malnourished children and to protect the health of vulnerable pregnant women and nursing mothers.
As of May 2017, we are:
- Targeting 49,000 children under five, as well as pregnant women and nursing mothers, with emergency health screening and lifesaving treatment for severe malnutrition.
- Delivering emergency food assistance (through monthly cash transfers) to 72,000 people devastated by drought and conflict
- Providing daily supplies of safe water to 55,000 people
- Responding to the cholera outbreak with prevention and treatment services, targeting 40,000 people
We aim to scale up our response to reach more areas and meet the urgent needs of vulnerable populations closer to their homes. We are ready to assist more than 200,000 people in the coming weeks. In some areas within Somalia, Action Against Hunger is the only organization providing assistance to communities.
"All the signs in recent months have warned us of imminent catastrophe. We need to act now. There is still time to prevent the worst for these families by deploying a large-scale response immediately," - Hajir Maalim, Regional Director of Operations for Action Against Hunger.