Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Luban - Oct 2018
- Somalia: Polio Outbreak - Aug 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Mekunu - May 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Somalia: Flash Floods - Apr 2018
- Somalia: Measles Outbreak - Dec 2016
- Somalia: Floods - May 2016
- Somalia: Cholera Outbreak - Apr 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Megh - Nov 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Chapala - Nov 2015
Most read reports
- Strengthening Somalia’s health systems to boost immunization, with support from GAVI
- 11 mothers from one village in Somalia die giving birth in one week
- Somalia Humanitarian Fund transforms children's lives
- Report of the Secretary-General on the situation with respect to piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia (S/2018/903)
- Somalia: Humanitarian Dashboard - September 2018 (issued on 18 October 2018)
It took 16 warning for the international community to respond to the last catastrophe; lessons must be learnt from past to avert another crisis in the Horn of Africa.
On the occasion of World Hunger Day 2013 Muslim Aid calls upon the international community to take action against hunger wherever it is found in the world. Most of the world’s hungry live in developing countries especially in rural villages of Asia and Africa. According to the latest Food and Agricultural Organisation statistics out of 870 million hungry people in the world, 578 million are in Asia and the Pacific, 239 million are in sub-Sahara Africa and 37 million are in near East and North Africa.
Many people, particularly children, in the African countries die from vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, whooping cough, polio, rubella and tetanus. Vaccination is one of the most cost effective health interventions to avoid deaths due to such diseases. This year, the African Vaccination week is being observed from 23-29 April under the theme ‘’Saves Lives, Prevent disabilities. Vaccinate’’.
Educate to Eradicate Child Labour*
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) initiated campaign, World Day against Child Labour (June 12), will focus this year on the protection of the rights of children from child labour and other human rights violations. According to ILO, “Child labour refers to a subset of children’s work that is injurious to children and that should be targeted for elimination.”
Muslim Aid has urged the international community to come together on the eve of World Hunger Day to resolve the problem of food insecurity, echoing concerns from the recent G8 Summit about the poor level of involvement by developed countries and leading humanitarian organisations in assuaging hunger and malnutrition in the developing world.
There are many parts of the world suffering from malnutrition and hunger that adversely affect mental and physical growth of the affected individuals. Many a times, these effects are irreversible. Apart from being an unacceptable phenomenon morally, hunger also acts as an obstruction to the economic and social growth of the poorest nations. Recent food crises and economic downturns have further deteriorated the situation especially in areas like the Horn of Africa and Sahel.
Every year millions of people suffer and die from tuberculosis (TB). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 95% of these deaths occur in the low and middle-income nations. It is an infectious disease, and children who are exposed to family members with the illness are at high risk of contracting the disease.
On the occasion of World Water Day on March 22, Muslim Aid joins international development agencies, non-governmental organisations and community based organisations which are making efforts to provide people with access to safe, clean water and sanitation to reduce the risk of water-borne diseases and boost agricultural production.
On International Women’s day being celebrated today, Muslim Aid stresses the crucial role played by women across the globe in building a strong stable and caring society that fosters stability and healthy development.
The premier British faith-based charity, Muslim Aid, urges the Lancaster House Conference on Somalia to devise and implement a Humanitarian Marshall Plan. “The Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s initiative is timely and welcome” said Muslim Aid Chair, Sir Iqbal Sacranie. “This blighted country has been a victim of two different kinds of political interventions; seemingly well-meant yet producing unmitigated disaster.“
Up to 750,000 people face death from hunger in East Africa. Millions more are at risk across the region in the worst food crisis of the 21st century. They will have to bear a legacy of poverty, suffering, and the loss of their livelihoods. Urgent action is needed right now.
But the truth is that this crisis was predicted – and preventable: we already have the knowledge to stop this kind of tragedy from unfolding; we know the steps that must be taken to prevent suffering on this scale.
Muslim Aid’s Head of International Programmes Imran Madden and Emergency Programme Manager Jonaed Afzal returned from Somalia this week after distributing emergency relief to displaced persons in and around Mogadishu. They were amongst the very few British aid workers to carry out relief efforts in the disaster affected areas around central Mogadishu.
Muslim Aid today launched an urgent emergency appeal to provide humanitarian relief to people affected by the severe drought and malnutrition occurring in the countries of eastern Horn of Africa.
An estimated 10 million people in Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan are at risk of starvation. A shortage of food, water and medicines, made worse by persistent drought conditions in the region have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and seek refuge in camps in Mogadishu, as well as on the border of Northern Kenya and Ethiopia.
Joining the global community in commemorating World Malaria Day on 25 April 2011, Muslim Aid called on the international community to take concrete steps toward the complete and effective eradication of malaria, including its causes with better hygiene and preventive measures and improving the living conditions of people most affected by this potentially fatal disease.
International agencies Oxfam and Muslim Aid today showed that at least 23 million Muslims caught up in conflicts and disasters have been fasting this Ramadan in one of the hardest periods in recent years, with many having little more to eat than bread and water during the 30 days of this holy month and others having nothing to eat at all after sunset.
Muslim Aid Acting CEO, Hamid Azad said:
"During Ramadan this year millions of people are going to sleep without food. In Iraq alone 5 million orphans and 2 million widows are living in desperate conditions.
At least one in ten Somalis has been forced from their homes by conflict since 1991, leaving more than 1 million displaced according to the United Nations. An exodus of thousands of civilians fleeing from the ongoing violence in Mogadishu, every month, signifies these numbers are likely to rise. 2.6 million Somalis need food aid, and it has been warned the figure will be 3.5 million by the end of the year (UN).
Three years on from the devastating effects of the tsunami, international relief agency Muslim Aid has spent over £18 million in reclaiming land, reconstructing homes and restoring livelihoods of the 800,000 people displaced by one of the world's worst natural disasters.
Since December 2004, with the help of partner organisations and generous public support, Muslim Aid has provided over 7,000 temporary shelters and over 1,500 permanent houses throughout Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Somalia.
In Banda Aceh, one of the worst affected areas, Muslim Aid in partnership with Oxfam …
Food and medicine are just some of the basic needs facing almost half a million people who have been displaced from Mogadishu, as a result of the fighting that has been raging in the Somali capital over the past week.
More than 250 people have been killed, as the Ethiopian-backed government army fights forces opposed to them. The resources of Muslim Aid's offices in Somalia have been severely tested by this crisis.
"We are trying to help hundreds of internally displaced communities inside the Madina district"said Ahmed Muhummed, country director of Muslim Aid Somalia.
"But so much more needs to be done," said Hamid Azad, head of overseas programmes at Muslim Aid. "At least 70,000 people are still living in temporary barracks, and 25,000 poor and landless families in Aceh have yet to be re-housed, even though the tsunami was so long ago."
On December 26, 2004, the most powerful earthquake in 40 years erupted under the Indian Ocean near Sumatra, causing giant, deadly waves to crash ashore in nearly a dozen countries, killing more than 290,000 people in the southern hemisphere, and injured hundreds of thousands more.
Muslim Aid has already sent out =A325,000 worth of aid to Somalia, which has been used to purchase and distribute mosquito nets, blankets, plastic sheets, medicine, and food aid. Muslim Aid's Mogadishu office has sent a team to the Lower Jubba area with extra drugs, especially cholera kits, to the affected areas, after reports of cholera emerged from the area.
"The floods seem to be intensifying, reaching to new places every hour, from Beletweyn in central Somalia to the Lower Jubba regions," observed Ahmed Muhummed, country director of Muslim Aid's Somalia office.