Below is an overview of the emergency assistance given during the drought response.

Relief Activities

These are implemented quickly and efficiently with a view to save lives during the drought and protect livelihoods at immediate risk. They include distributing food, cash and essential household items.

  • 513,600 persons received food rations of 50kg of rice, 25kg of beans and 10 litres of oil per household
  • 574,524 persons received financial support in the form of cash
  • 101,142 persons received essential household items (EHI) consisting of a kitchen set, three mosquito nets, two 10-litre jerrycans, a tarpaulin, two sleeping mats, a hygiene parcel for mother and baby, 6.25kgs of corn soya blend and two shawls


Health Care Activities

The ICRC ensures people affected by drought and conflict have access to basic medical services that meet universally recognized standards. In Somalia, the ICRC supports four hospitals, two stabilization centres and 25 clinics in central and southern Somalia.

  • 436,282 patients received medical care at 25 SRCS clinics.
  • 7,251 people were admitted in cholera treatment centres in Kismayo and Baidoa hospitals
  • 43,962 malnourished children under age five were treated at stabilization centres and SRCS clinics. Of these, 6,436 were severe cases admitted in the ICU. 16,450 pregnant and lactating women received nutritional support
  • 6 mobile health clinics equipped with drugs and personnel are offering medical services to villages in south and central Somalia.

Water and Sanitation Response

The ICRC provides water in drought-hit areas and ensures access to clean and safe water for both humans and animals.

  • 172,100 persons benefitted from construction and rehabilitation of boreholes. Thirty 5,000-litre open-top storage tanks have been distributed to increase storage capacity for communities, along with 21 temporary troughs for animals to drink water
  • 12,430 people benefitted the construction and deepening of wells
  • 538,403 persons benefited from access to safe and clean water through hygiene promotion activities, household water treatment and chlorination of water supplies