The humanitarian community in Somalia is seeking US$864 million to reach 3.9 million
people with urgent life-saving humanitarian assistance. The Humanitarian Response Plan
for Somalia for 2017 plan was launched today in Mogadishu with calls to the international
community for timely support to help bolster humanitarian operations and meet urgent
The humanitarian situation remains grim for millions of Somalis. We are faced
with a slight but steady increase in the number of people in need, and most recently with
a significant risk of further deterioration to famine,rdquo; said Peter de Clercq, the
Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia.
The launch of the HRP comes against a backdrop of a worsening humanitarian situation in
Somalia. Expanding drought conditions have left hundreds of thousands of Somalis facing
severe food and water shortages. Overall, some 5 million people are in need of
humanitarian assistance. About 320,000 children under the age of 5 years are acutely
malnourished and in need of urgent nutrition support. Of these, 50,000 children are
severely malnourished and far more vulnerable than any other group.
Protection violations remain at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in Somalia and
widespread human rights violations, instability and insecurity drive displacement and
weaken the resilience of the most vulnerable. At least 1.1 million internally displaced
persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable people are exposed to protection risks. Some 3.3
million people lack access to emergency health services and require improved access to
water, sanitation and hygiene. Giving birth is one of the greatest risks to a Somali
woman’s life. The maternal mortality ratio for Somalia is among the highest in the world
at 732 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Around 3 million school-age children are
still out of school with numbers increasing and placing children at greater risk as the
impacts of shocks deepen.
Immediate support is required to prevent a significant deterioration of the humanitarian
situation. Given the early warning provided by the humanitarian community and the Federal
Government on the drought situation, early action is the only way to demonstrate that we
have learnt the lessons from the past to avert another catastrophe,rdquo; added de
The response plan seeks to strengthen emergency response preparedness measures, in
collaboration with federal and local authorities, to mitigate the impact of predictable
shocks and continue to build stronger linkages between life-saving and development-based
durable solutions. It provides an opportunity for humanitarian and development actors to
strengthen collaboration in addressing both life-saving and long term durable solutions
to address underlying causes of vulnerability.
The 2017 plan is part of a three-year strategy (2016-2018), which recognizes that the
drivers of risk and vulnerability in Somalia are largely cyclical and long-running, and
cannot be resolved in a single year. Enhancing communities’ ability to cope with shocks
through the long-term sustainable livelihood support and basic services, including
durable solutions, in a community-based approach, will be vital in addressing underlying
causes of vulnerabilities.
Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).