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Five things we are doing to prevent famine in Somalia
Famine is imminent in parts of Somalia due to four consecutive failed rainy seasons, and children are already dying of malnutrition. We are working rapidly to prevent further catastrophe. This is how.
Concern has been working in Somalia since 1986, and is responding to the unfolding crisis by providing support in the areas of food security and livelihoods, health and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene.
1. Providing malnourished children with Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUFT)
In Somalia, an estimated 1.5 million children under the age of five face acute malnutrition. At least 500 have died in stabilization centres across the country since January.
Concern’s Country Director for Somalia, Abdi Rashid, told us recently that we are currently supporting around 2600 children per month with RUFT. However, we anticipate this going up to over 3000 per month as we see an increase of children coming to the centres we are supporting on a daily basis.
The centres we support are in or in the surrounding areas of Mogadishu.
2. Cash transfers
Cash transfers help mitigate against lost assets, for example livestock, that would otherwise be sold for cash to buy essential goods.
By the end of August 2022, Concern and partners have reached 240,473 people in 14 districts with multi-purpose cash assistance under drought response.
3. Water, sanitation and hygiene maintenance
Concern is rehabilitating and performing maintenance on non-functioning sources of water, for example rehabilitating boreholes and wells. We are also continuing water trucking in Ber’ano and East-Ime with four trucks, delivering 80,000 litres per day.
Additional activities include:
- The construction of 105 latrines;
- The construction of handwashing stations;
- The distribution of hygiene kits and cleaning tools and;
- Hygiene promotion.
4. Keeping health clinics up and running
Concern supports 22 fixed and mobile health centres in Somalia, providing out-patient consultations, treatment for malnutrition, antenatal and post-natal supports and childhood immunisations to over 378,000 patients in 2021.
Towards the end of August into early September, 11,831 people attended outpatient department (OPD) services in Concern-supported health facilities in two weeks. Over 400 people were treated for acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) and 37 cases of suspected measles and 173 new cholera cases were reported.
5. Campaigning for the UK government to step in
We’ve learnt some hard lessons about acting quickly when there’s a likelihood of famine. The last time famine was declared in Somalia was 2011, when 260,000 people died. The official announcement triggered a huge global response but it came too late – half of the lives lost took place before the world sprang into action.
We can’t let that happen again. That’s why we’re working with other organisations to sound the alarms early. We’ve been pushing the UK government to keep its promise to ‘spare no effort’ in the east Africa huger crisis. So far recent funding announcements have been a repackaging of existing commitments. It’s simply not good enough and we won’t stand for it. So far we have:
- Handed in a sector-wide petition with 35,000 signatures form the public, calling for action
- Sent Prime Minister Liz Truss a letter signed by the CEOs of over twenty humanitarian organisations with recommendations on how to prevent catastrophic loss of life
- And very soon we’ll be outside Westminster raising our voices even louder to ensure that the UK know we’re #HungryForAction
Our supporters have played a huge part in calling for the government to prioritise the most pressing crises both here and in the UK. Hunger and starvation is preventable and we we’ll be keeping up the pressure until we see real action.
It is estimated that one person is dying every 48 seconds from hunger in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia and millions more are at risk of starvation. We’re working with local communities to prevent the situation getting worse, but we need your support to reach vulnerable children and their parents with the emergency food they desperately need.
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