AmeriCares has responded to the continuing humanitarian crisis in Somalia with emergency shipments of critical medical, nutritional and other humanitarian assistance. In collaboration with our partners in the Mogadishu area we are providing support and supplies for primary health care providers, nutritional supplements in response to famine conditions and water purification supplies to help prevent cholera and other communicable diseases.
Snapshot of Somalia:
Somalia has been without an effective central government since 1991, when clan militias overthrew the ruling government and eventually turned on each other, leading to long-term civil conflict. Although a fledgling government has managed to sustain a limited presence in and around Mogadishu, the people of Somalia face enormous challenges, including basic food security and health care access. Life expectancy in this long suffering country is just 50 years. Critical health issues:
- Among highest rates of maternal and infant mortality in the world
- High risk of communicable disease including diarrheal disease, malaria, dengue fever, typhoid
- Severe malnutrition
Since 1985, when severe famine claimed one million lives in Ethiopia, AmeriCares has worked to help African men, women and children in crisis. Previous aid to Somalia includes more than $3 million in medicines, nutritional supplements, and vitamins during the height of the drought and war-stricken nation’s food crisis of 2008-09. See images of our work in Somalia.
In the summer of 2011, amid ongoing political chaos, Somalia was hard-hit by a humanitarian crisis of historic proportions. The worst drought in 60 years decimated crops and livestock, resulting in famine that extended across the Horn of Africa. Tens of thousands of Somalis fled their homes in search of food and water, and U.N. officials estimating that more than 12 million people needed emergency aid, with babies, young children and pregnant women especially at risk.
AmeriCares has launched a large-scale emergency response in Somalia, including the building of a field hospital in the Kambioos refugee camp in Kenya, along with a series of ongoing shipments of medicines, nutritional supplements, water purification tablets and medical supplies to help save as many lives as possible in this beleaguered region of Africa.
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Somalia to provide charitable medical care. Through this program, donated medicines and medical supplies reach impoverished and isolated communities where even basic medical care is inaccessible to the poor or often non-existent. AmeriCares donations cure infections, relieve pain, help patients manage chronic diseases and make life-changing surgeries possible.
Recent News from Somalia
AmeriCares and leading global health organization icddr,b have teamed up to provide treatment and training to health care professionals fighting cholera in Sierra Leone and the Horn of Africa – a region ravaged by drought, famine and conflict.
An AmeriCares Emergency Medical Module, shipped to Somalia in late 2011, contained urgently-needed medicines that helped medical units deliver primary health care to 6,273 sick and injured people living in refugee camps and remote villages.
Stamford, Conn. - Feb. 21, 2012 - The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant to AmeriCares to establish a cholera treatment center, in collaboration with the Bangladesh-based health research institution icddr,b, for victims of the humanitarian crisis in Somalia.
An AmeriCares shipment containing the first of 257,040 supplemental meal packs—enough to provide 8,568 people facing malnutrition with a daily boost in calories and essential vitamins—is now being distributed among victims of the catastrophic famine gripping the Horn of Africa. The shipment is part of AmeriCares large scale response in the region.
A shipment of $1.2 million in urgently requested medical aid arrived in Mogadishu, Somalia – the most recent of several deliveries in AmeriCares’ large scale emergency response to help ease the suffering of children and adults in the famine-stricken region.
Stamford, CT – More than $1.2 million in critically needed medicines and medical supplies from AmeriCares have arrived in Somalia to help thousands of starving children and adults suffering from widespread famine and one of the worst droughts in over a half century. Read More.
34,000 pounds of nutritional supplements departed on an AmeriCares humanitarian air shipment on September 20 to provide lifesaving help to severely malnourished refugees in Mogadishu. The shipment is part of AmeriCares large scale disaster relief operation and one of three deliveries that will feed 13,000 starving children and adults in the Horn of Africa for one month.
AmeriCares has expanded its large-scale emergency response in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia to help save as many lives as possible. In addition to a series of ongoing shipments of crucial medicines, nutritional supplements, water purification tablets and supplies, a new AmeriCares field hospital is being built in Kenya to treat thousands of vulnerable refugees at risk for illness and disease.
STAMFORD, CT – AmeriCares is building and equipping a field hospital for the thousands of refugees fleeing the devastating famine in Somalia. Tens of thousands have already died and officials say 12.4 million people in the Horn of Africa need immediate humanitarian relief from the worst drought in more than a half century.
Stamford, CT – AmeriCares and leading global wellness company XANGO are working together to feed thousands of people suffering from the devastating famine in East Africa with the delivery of XANGO Meal Packs. The first of three shipments left XANGO’s Utah warehouse today destined for Kenya, where it will be used to nourish Somali refugees receiving medical treatment at health clinics and therapeutic feeding centers.
AmeriCares has launched a large scale emergency response in Somalia, where millions are on the brink of starvation, with a pipeline of shipments of medicines, nutritional supplements and supplies aimed to save as many lives as possible amid catastrophic famine.
Stamford, CT – AmeriCares first emergency shipment for the famine in Somalia is on its way to Mogadishu where thousands of starving children and adults are arriving daily in search of food, clean water and shelter.
AmeriCares is sending critical aid shipments to drought-ravaged East Africa to help families struggling to survive a humanitarian crisis of historic proportions.