People Helped in 2017: 713,033
Gripped by recurring droughts, chronic food shortages, and over 20 years of nearly incessant conflict, Somalia is one of the most challenging environments in the world for humanitarian operations. The regional drought of late 2011 and early 2012 affected Somalia more than any other nation across eastern Africa, displacing millions and subjecting tens of thousands to famine in the hardest-hit regions. Ultimately, some two million people remain in crisis, with conflict and insecurity continuing to contribute to poor household food consumption and high malnutrition rates.
Somalia has been even further destabilized over the past few years as political tensions mount and security conditions deteriorate. Emergency humanitarian assistance is still critical in many parts of the country, despite the fact that a number of regions are now now under the control of Islamist militants, complicating the delivery of humanitarian assistance to populations in need.
In 2017, Somalia was declared to be in a state of pre-famine. The country is experiencing prolonged, severe drought and conflict from armed groups, both driving a widespread, dangerous food crisis. 2.2 million Somalis experienced crisis levels of hunger in 2017, and 496,000 people were one step away from famine. 1.5 million people have been displaced in the last two years. Nearly half the population lacks access to safe drinking water, and malnutrition rates for children under five years are high.
What we achieved in 2017
Action Against Hunger in Somalia screened and treated 189,751 children and pregnant and breastfeeding women for acute malnutrition in 2017. Our teams provided critical information to 55,972 caregivers of malnourished children on optimal infant and young child feeding practices.
Our programs helped 112,540 vulnerable people access food and essential basic services during the severe drought through cash transfer programs, transferring more than $4 million to beneficiaries. 104,293 children under five, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers benefitted from primary health care consultations to improve their health and wellbeing.
Action Against Hunger supported communities with critical water, sanitation, and hygiene programs. We rehabilitated 38 water points, built 292 latrines, trucked 40,590 cubic meters of clean water to communities in need, and distributed 10,641 hygiene kits, benefitting 204,691 people, most of whom were women. During outbreaks of Acute Watery Diarrhoea and cholera, we provided 3,081 people with lifesaving interventions.