Project information

Somalia Food Crisis - nutrition for children

As drought prevails and crops fail across much of Somalia, an estimated 2.5 million people need emergency humanitarian aid.

In times of terrible crisis like this, children are always the most vulnerable. You can give life-saving care, to one malnourished child for just £20.


Charity information: Medair UK

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  • Need


    An estimated 240,000 children under 5 years are acutely malnourished in Somalia, of whom 60,000 are at an increased risk of death if they do not receive appropriate specialist care.

    Conflict, sharply increased food prices, and a deepening drought, the worst in 60 years, have given rise to an internally-displaced population of up to 1.5 million. Those who've fled the violence seeking security now find themselves in overstretched camps where living conditions are squalid and food inadequate.


    Within 14 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in and around Burao, our team is providing life-saving nutrition, water and healthcare to around 100,000 people.

    The most vulnerable of all are malnourished children between the ages of 6 and 59 months, to whom we are providing nutrition.

    We're also supporting the health system, providing health and hygiene education, and implementing key water and sanitation activities to address the underlying causes of malnutrition.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide life-saving nutrition, health care, safe water and sanitation to the most vulnerable people.


    » Within 14 IDP camps around Burao, our team is providing life-saving nutrition, water and healthcare to around 100,00 vulnerable people.

    Success will be measured in many ways - from outputs (e.g. number of people served / treated) to outcomes (e.g. how many children survive and recover).

  • Impact


    Our programme aims to save lives in the short term - and reduce the vulnerability of the affected population in the long term.

    For example, sharing knowledge of good health and hygiene practices will make a lasting impact and repairing broken berkads (traditional water reservoirs) will reduce the population's vulnerability to future droughts.


    > Lack of funding: if sufficient funding is not received, the programme will not be able to meet all its objectives.

    > Insecurity: risk of restricted access to certain areas if security deteriorates.


    > We will email / write to thank and update donors in August 2013 (with photos, progress reports, beneficiaries' feedback etc.).

    > We will also Invite donors to attend one of our Open Evenings where they can ask questions and hear and see directly from field staff.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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  • Background


    Our work is focused in and around Burao in Somaliland, to assist the urban poor and those displaced people who fled to the urban centre due to drought or conflict in other regions.


    Around 100,000 of the most vulnerable people in this area, especially internally displaced people and children.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Medair is a specialist emergency relief and rehabilitation agency - this is our expertise. We've been working in Somalia and Somaliland since 2008.

    In Burao, Somaliland, we've experience in providing nutritional, health services, and improved access to water, sanitation, and hygiene to people severely impacted by chronic drought and conflict.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rhonda Eikelboom

    Country Director, Somalia / Somaliland. Rhonda has extensive relief and rehabilitation experience and has led the Somaliland team since 2011.