Contribution to the ICRC Country Appeal for Somalia 2021 (Food Assistance)
To cover basic needs regarding food/nutrition, access to water and sanitation facilities of vulnerable people, including residents and internally displaced.
ICRC's overall goals under the 'Economic Security' programme component in Somalia are:
- Improve food consumption and reduce dietary gaps for 338,600 vulnerable civilians and detainees
- Food production of 72,500 vulnerable people increased
- Incomes of 18,000 vulnerable people have been supported
- Living conditions of 31,000 civilians and detainees
- Capacities of 1,700 people increased
- Water and habitat situation improved for 603,110 civilians and detainees, as well as 597 hospital beds covered with appropriate supplies
- 32 health centers and 4 hospitals supported
- 5 physical rehabilitation projects supported
With ADA’s contribution of EUR 800,000, the ICRC will be able to improve food consumption and reduce dietary gaps for 27,000 vulnerable people, including children and lactating/pregnant women. Target groups of the ADA contribution are the most vulnerable, conflict and COVID-19 affected populations, including:
- 23,000 children under the age of 5 years will receive supplementary food during treatment of MAM (moderate acute malnutrition) via the Targeted Supplementary Feeding Program for the period of three to six months.
- 4,000 pregnant and lactating women over a three-month period during the treatment of MAM via the Targeted Supplementary Feeding Program (TSFP)
The AutRC contribution will improve food consumption and reduce nutrition gaps under 'Economic Security' programme component through:
- Distribution of lipid based nutrient supplements (100g, 2 Mio packs);
- Distribution of 'Super Cereal Plus' food supplements (76.5 tonnes);
After years of internal conflict and strife, the situation in Somalia remains dire. Civilians continue to suffer the consequences of indiscriminate attacks by weapon bearers: killings, sexual violence, child recruitment and attacks against patients/medical staff have been reported. Violence and natural disasters have led to large-scale, often protracted displacement - which causes chronic food insecurity and loss of livelihoods.
The people struggle to deal with failed harvests and death of their livestock. In this context, movement restrictions as measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 have narrowed possibilities for earning money further. This has led to a staggering 2.7 million people in the country being food insecure, including almost 840.000 malnourished children. Food insecurity is expected to worsen further throughout the year.
Access to health care and basic services remains precarious, as water and sanitation facilities as well as health-infrastructure has been severely damaged by the conflict as well as natural disasters such as floods. This increases the risk of additional epidemic outbreaks throughout the country such as cholera.