Given the difficult conditions, the ICRC is scaling up its emergency efforts to assist people suffering the combined effects of armed conflict and drought. It will concentrate its activities in over 100 villages across central, northern and north-eastern Somalia. These villages are among the hardest-hit by drought and are also particularly prone to violence.
Whenever possible, the ICRC will work with the Somali Red Cross Society, its main partner, to reach more people in need. It aims to provide two months’ worth of food rations to 75,000 households (450,000 people), of them, 21,700 households (130,500 people) will also receive shelter and hygiene materials. In areas with functioning markets, some 60,000 households (360,000 people) will receive cash for purchasing food. The ICRC will also reinforce the support it provides to malnutrition treatment centres at the Baidoa and Kismayo hospitals, so that more malnourished children and pregnant or nursing women can receive life-saving treatment.