UNICEF Lesotho Humanitarian Situation Report, January - June 2017

Situation Report
Originally published



  • UNICEF, with support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), continues to provide safe drinking water to drought-affected populations. Construction work and mobilization has commenced in four drought-affected districts to provide safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene messages to targeted 17,000 people including 7,160 children (3,650 girls);

  • Since January 2017, 685 children (375 boys and 310 girls) have been admitted and treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM);

  • A total of 4,105 people including 2,463 children (1,256 girls) in three community councils Qhoasing, Qobong; and Mtjanyane (Likhohlong) were provided with cash and seed packages—each family receiving M1,000 (US$ 76) for two quarters;

  • To date, 30 members of the interagency (government, CSOs, and media), and 420 community members (80 males, 120 females, 110 youth and 110 children) in two communities in Mohale’s Hoek and Mafeteng districts were reached with Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE) sensitisation messages. An additional 500,000 people (25,500 females) were reached with a radio drama through the national radio station.

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

306,942 People in need of humanitarian assistance (LVAC June 2017)

2017 Funding Status Funds received: $0 million

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

The preliminary results of the first integrated urban and rural vulnerability assessment undertaken in June 2017 projects a total of 306,942 people food insecure from September 2017 to March 2018 (224,664 rural and 82,278 urban). The report also indicates that while acute food security needs are reducing, there has been a slight increase in chronic malnutrition (36%). The findings further indicated that 68.1% of households have an adequate water supply through communal taps, piped water, protected and unprotected springs, and other sources. However 6 of the 10 districts reported a high percentage of households using unprotected water sources (10 – 17%). About 80% of households are using improved sanitation facilities, showing a 10% increase from last year.