Across four countries in east Africa, over 26 million people are facing acute food insecurity and the threat of famine. Trócaire is responding to severe food shortages and disease outbreak in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia brought about by drought and conflict.
Somalia has been devastated by ongoing drought events in recent years. Now, half the population (6.7 million people) is experiencing serious food insecurity.
We are working in partnership with other international NGOs in the country to deliver large-scale nutrition support to malnourished children, and pregnant and nursing women.
Trócaire has a strong, long-established presence in the Gedo region in southern Somalia.
Trócaire is currently implementing scaled up health services in three hospitals, one referral health centre, three health centres and 11 primary health units, targeting women and children in particular.
An average of 19,000 people per month are being treated at our health centres in Somalia.
As of August 2017 Trócaire has begun water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities mainly on water points and hygiene promotion in schools, villages and hospitals.
7.5 million people across the country – over 50 per cent of the population – are at risk of severe food shortages, malnutrition and chronic health problems over the coming months.
Trócaire is responding by providing food, water, sanitation facilities, and emergency livelihood materials like seeds and tools, to families who have been displaced by conflict and drought, as well as the communities hosting them in Lakes State in South Sudan.
We are reaching 25,000 people with monthly food distribution, 4,000 households with staple crop seeds, providing basics like soap, jerry cans and 'dignity kits', including sanitary items for women, and 1,100 households are being provided with water and sanitation facilities.
We have also pre-positioned stocks of medicines and materials in preparation for cholera outbreaks.
Over 8.5 million people require emergency food assistance in southern Ethiopia, in addition to the 7 million who are already receiving government support. This number is set to rise further, due to consecutve poor rainy seasons.
10.5 million people do not have regular access to safe drinking water.
So far, Trócaire has provided livelihoods protection support to over 85,000 people. This includes immunisation against drought-related disease and veterinary care for their animals.
Over 40,000 people have received emergency food aid or cash transfers.
And 47,000 people have been supported by water projects, including the building of water points and boreholes.
A national disaster has been declared in Kenya, with the government appealing for international assistance. 3.4 million Kenyans are in need of emergency support.
With Trócaire's support nearly 5,000 people are receiving food rations in the Turkana region.
4,800 of the most affected and vulnerable people in the region are also being targetted with cash transfers to support their households.
8,000 children at risk of malnutrition have been reached with high energy nutritional food distributed through health facilities.
Elsewhere with Trócaire support, the Diocese of Meru is undertaking vaccination of 10,000 livestock, to try to keep animals healthy and protect pastoralist livelihoods.
Six years of war in Syria has driven over half the population of Syria from their homes. with 4.4 million seeking shelter in neighbouring countries Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. Many more are leaving home with nothing more than the hope of finding safety.
4.7 million people in need trapped in hard-to-reach areas, of which 860,000 are living in besieged areas. 13.5 million people are currently in need or humanitarian assistance.
Trócaire is working with Caritas and other local partners in the five countries to deliver shelter, medicine, food and water to displaced Syrian families. We have worked with over 140,000 displaced Syrians, providing them with vital aid.
Read more about our work to support people affected by the conflict in Syria
Trócaire also currently has active humanitarian response programmes in the following countries:
During emergencies it is the local community and local organisations that react first. Trócaire is a member of Caritas Internationalis, the Catholic Church’s global confederation of 165 development agencies.
When a crisis strikes we support local Caritas agencies to get aid to where it’s needed immediately and effectively. We often also provide staff and expertise.
We focus on responding to the needs of the most vulnerable and on protecting women and girls.
And we support people living in areas at risk to prepare plans for responding to disasters when they strike, such as developing evacuation plans and warning systems.
Trócaire also has offices in 15 countries internationally, many with humanitarian response programmes and strong partnerships in place.
We adhere to the Core Humanitarian Standards, which set out nine commitments that organisations involved in humanitarian response can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of their response.