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East Africa Hunger Crisis

Over 26 million people are facing malnutrition and the threat of famine across South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia due to prolonged drought. Trócaire is currently reaching hundreds of thousands of people across the East Africa region with emergency food, water, sanitation and healthcare.

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Examples of Trócaire's Response

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Our feeding and food distribution programmes are reaching tens of thousands of children in Somalia, South Sudan and Kenya

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Our health centres in Somalia are treating 19,000 people each month, focusing on maternal health, child malnutrition and cholera patients

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We are supplying 40,000 people in Ethiopia with emergency food aid or cash transfers so they can buy food and basic supplies


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.

Likow Isak Sedow

Likow Isak Sedow has been displaced by the crisis and is seeking refuge and support in Dhuyuleh. Photo: Amunga Eshuchi

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. 


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.

South Sudan

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.

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