The humanitarian crisis in Somalia in one of the longest and most complex in the world. There are 4.2 million people in Somalia in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. Of those, there are 954,000 acutely malnourished children under the age of five.
Since 2012 – when a widespread famine killed 250,000 people – Somalia has been struggling to fully recover. Ongoing droughts continue to pose a significant risk of famine to the affected population. There are over 1.5 million Somalians suffering from acute food insecurity (IPC 3 or higher) and an additional 2 million food insecure people who are in stress (IPC 2). While there have been improvements in food insecurity in the last two years, there is no corresponding improvement in reduction of malnutrition. This is due to several factors, including lack of healthcare, clean water, good hygiene, etc. Additionally, generations of high levels of malnutrition can be attributed to years of insecurity and conflict. Hundreds of thousands of people are living in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, without access to essential livelihood opportunities to improve their situation. There is an immediate need for humanitarian actors to address the widespread food insecurities.
In 2018, GlobalMedic was awarded an International Food Relief Partnership grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The purpose of the program funded by this grant was to reduce the risk of acute malnutrition in children between the ages of 6 and 36 months through preventative nutritional support. After identifying and registering children, they were given a full six month dose of Plumpy’Doz, a supplementary food product that provides essential nutrients necessary to avoid malnutrition in children whose diets are not meeting their caloric needs. During this program, 12,000 children received this nutritional support.
GlobalMedic received a second IFRP grant in 2019 and is currently working to implement the next round of preventative nutritional support.
GlobalMedic is also supporting the water, sanitation and hygiene needs of families in Somalia. Family Emergency Kits (FEK) were assembled by volunteers in Canada, shipped and distributed in Somalia. Each FEK contains a water purification solution and hygiene items like soap toothpaste and toothbrushes. Since 2019, GlobalMedic has distributed 3,345 FEKs and reached more than 32,400 people.