While large-scale famine has been averted to date due to scaled-up response, parts of southern and central Somalia remain at particular risk. More than 6.7 million people (more than half of the population) are in need of protection and some form of humanitarian assistance, with women and children and those from marginalised communities disproportionally affected. Donors have generously provided more than $900 million in 2017, allowing operational agencies to reach over 3 million people per month with life-saving assistance and livelihood support, the majority in the form of cash and vouchers. More than half a million women and children were provided with treatment for malnutrition in July alone, and 377,000 people were reached with safe water supplies. Nearly 2.5 million people were reached with improved access to food in July and close to 2.9 million people have benefited from livestock and agricultural input support during the Gu season to protect their livelihoods and local production. With rapid deployment of mechanisms such as the Drought Operations Coordination Centers in Mogadishu, Baidoa and Garowe, as well as massive scale-up of cash-programmes and enhanced coordination with Federal and regional authorities on prioritisation of areas and needs, humanitarian partners have made efficient use of the available resources to prevent famine but critical sectors are falling short of their target and additional resources are required to continue famine prevention activities in the coming months.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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