In February and March, UNICEF supported the national measles rubella vaccination campaign and reached 17,565 children aged 0-12 months.
From January 2017 to date, UNICEF has assisted the Ministry of Health to provide therapeutic feeding to 239 children (128 boys and 111 girls) with severe acute malnutrition (SAM).
With the national elections planned on 03 June 2017, the Government of Lesotho has requested all humanitarian partners to suspend all humanitarian distributions in the three weeks before the elections so that public gatherings are only for political reasons.
The emergency cash top up programme for vulnerable families and children will be completed in May 2017 when the remaining 177 households are reached.
Situation in Numbers
310,015 Children affected by drought
64,141 Children under 5 affected by drought
69,000 Vulnerable children in need of social safety nets
679,437 People in need of humanitarian assistance (LVAC)
*All numbers above are from the Rapid Drought Impact Assessment, the LVAC June 2016.
Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs
Lesotho is currently approaching the final stage of the lean season which is projected to end in May 2017, when the next harvest is expected. Rainfall has been normal therefore the forecast for the harvest is expected to be good, however, the May-June 2017 Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC) will provide the required information on food security needs, results are expected before August 2017. In rural areas, the number of people living with a food security survival deficit decreased from 476,842 in May 2016 to 46,521 in November 2016 (most recent available data), suggesting that food security interventions have successfully addressed the needs. With the national elections planned on 03 June 2017, the Government of Lesotho, through the Disaster Management Authority (DMA), has asked humanitarian implementing partners to suspend all humanitarian distributions in the three weeks before the elections, so that public gatherings are only for political reasons.