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13 Feb 2017 description

Prolonged and worsening drought conditions across Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya means that more than 11 million people are facing severe hunger and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is calling for an immediate and expansive response in order to prevent widespread drought conditions from triggering a humanitarian catastrophe.

20 Apr 2015 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) has immediately responded and will request in the coming days for assistance through International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) international disaster response mechanisms.

The situation

22 Jan 2014 description

1. Executive Summary

Situated in a region prone to man-made, natural, slow-onset or rapid complex emergencies, the IFRC EAIOIRO supports Red Cross and Red Crescent (RC / RC) National Societies in humanitarian response and enhancing communities’ capacity to be more resilient to hazards and risks.

17 Jan 2014 description

There is an increasing awareness that enormous change is on-going in the arid lands. the next ten years will be a period of transition and new opportunities, as families who struggle to make ends meet, continue to try to educate and feed their children and search for jobs in the rural towns. Future aspirations are being shaped by the on-going changes. in the aftermath of the drought and famine of 2011, capturing and understanding these changes was a starting point in efforts to work differently and better.

24 Oct 2013 description

Nairobi, Kenya, 24 October 2013: As polio continues to spread throughout the Horn of Africa, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has announced plans to support polio immunization of millions of children in the region.

10 Jul 2012 description

Nairobi, 6 th July. Last week, representatives from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), Red Cross/ Red Crescent Societies from the Horn of Africa and all over the world, met in Nairobi with the Secretary General from IGAD, the regional director of the African Development Bank and representatives from the donor community to agree on a way forward to build more resilient communities.

16 Nov 2011 description


The revised strategic framework outlines the role of IFRC offices in supporting East African Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to respond to the crises in the Horn of Africa.

The IFRC will support National Societies to:

  • Respond to extreme food, nutrition, water, sanitation, and health insecurity of people at risk in the short term, and wherever possible address root causes in delivery of our services

  • Promote early recovery strategies in the medium term

  • Promote livelihood resilience in the long term

08 Aug 2011 description


The drought situation is severe in the Horn of Africa, and humanitarian interventions are urgently needed. High levels of vulnerability due to chronic poverty, changes in livelihoods, increased populations and conflict have left millions of people susceptible to this long period of drought.

11 Dec 2008 description

Soaring food prices have conspired with crippling drought in the Horn of Africa to produce an appalling food crisis. The extent of the disaster is detailed in a new report issued today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The looming crisis has prompted the IFRC to urgently appeal for some 113 million Swiss Francs (USD 95 million or EUR 73 million) to meet the immediate needs of …

04 Apr 2008 description

This report covers the period of 01/01/2006 to 31/12/2007 for the 2006-2007 Appeal.

In brief

Programme summary: Disaster Management programme: Special attention was given to preparedness and risk reduction in terms of training, contingency planning, partnerships and forums for information sharing and early warning. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the implementation of climate change initiatives in the Zone was concluded with the RCRC Climate Change Centre in Netherlands.

13 Feb 2006 description

The Horn of Africa's worst drought in a decade has led to acute shortages of water and food, decimated grazing lands and cereal production, and killed large numbers of cattle in the worst affected parts of southern Somalia and in the Somali Regional State in south-eastern Ethiopia. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is stepping up its emergency operation to assist more than half a million people in areas affected by the drought and armed violence in Somaliaand Ethiopiaover the next five months.

01 May 2002 description

This Annual Report is intended for reporting on the Federation's Annual Appeals only.
Appeal Target: CHF 4,819,204 (USD 2,969,221 or EUR 3,296,273)

Objectives, Achievements and Constraints Regional Disaster Preparedness and Response

During the year, the regional disaster preparedness and response Strategy 2010 was launched through the East Africa Appeal 2001-2002, and the necessary structures and systems set up for the next nine years. The programme team was composed of one delegate and two regionally recruited officers.