Somalia Humanitarian Fund: Dashboard 2017 (As of 5 October 2017)
The risk of famine persists in parts of Somalia. While the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance declined to 6.2 million people from 6.7 million reported early in the year, the levels of vulnerability worsened. The number of people in Emergency (IPC 4) doubled to 800,000 from 439,000 people reported in February. Malnutrition rates remain high with an estimated 388,000 children under the age of five acutely malnourished, 87,000 of them severely and at risk of death without urgent intervention.
The Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) has already allocated almost $40 million in 2017 to support collective response and scale-up assistance. Continued support is required particularly in areas that are already facing severe food insecurity, alarming rates of malnutrition and internal displacements.
In January 2017, an integrated approach was agreed to guide allocations and ensure maximum impact of the SHF First Standard Allocation and Central Emergency Response Fund (UFE) underfunded emergencies grants. The approach prioritized immediate needs in worst-affected areas, with CERF funds used to cover procurement of life-saving supplies in bulk through UN agencies while SHF funding went to best-placed NGOs to ensure quick and efficient delivery of assistance.
Further funds have been availed from the SHF Reserve to support enabling programmes; an additional $18.6 million for two Integrated Multi-cluster Response allocation rounds in Banadir and Bay regions (May-June); and in Togdheer, Galmudug state and Lower Shabelle (July-August); and $1 million for measles vaccination campaign. SHF allocations support the highest priority projects of the revised 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan, which requires $1.5 billion to sustain humanitarian response in Somalia in 2017.
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