Somalia: Humanitarians launch US$864 million appeal to reach 3.9 million people

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

humanitarian needs.

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

Clercq.

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).

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