Years of conflict, drought and crisis have left children extremely vulnerable to hunger. In the past two decades, more than a million people - approximately one in ten Somalis - have been forced to flee the fierce fighting and cycles of drought that have plagued their country.
Low rainfall, drought conditions, trade disruptions and ongoing displacement have worsened the humanitarian situation. Today, nearly 4 million people are estimated to be in urgent need of humanitarian assistance as they struggle to survive with limited access to health facilities, food and water.
Children are bearing the brunt of the situation: an estimated 308,000 children are malnourished and the lives of 58,300 severely malnourished children are in immediate danger unless they receive immediate life-saving treatment.
What we are doing
We have worked in Somalia for more than 20 years. Today we continue to help children survive and thrive.
Present in Bakool, Banadir, Lower Shabelle and in Nugaal province, we’re currently scaling up our existing programmes to reach more children in urgent need. Programmes include:
HEALTH AND NUTRITION
- Operating mobile nutrition clinics to diagnose and treat malnourished children
- Providing emergency therapeutic treatment to malnourished children
- Implementing health and nutrition awareness sessions
- Providing emergency cash grants to enable meet families to meet their immediate needs for food and non-food items
- Providing animal health services to help families who depend on livestock for their living keep animals healthy
WATER, SANITATION & HYGIENE
- Providing access to water and sanitation by constructing public latrines and rehabilitating water sources
- Promoting good hygiene practices