Humanitarian partners estimate that 4.2 million people will require assistance in 2019. The reduction in needs, compared to 2017, reflects an improvement in the overall humanitarian situation and a more focused approach in defining needs, that now includes, in addition to people in Crisis (IPC3) and Emergency (IPC4), only those in Stress (IPC2) phase in the most vulnerable circumstances. Nonetheless, humanitarian needs remain above the pre-crisis level from two years ago. Contrary to earlier forecasts, the 2018 Deyr rainfall season has so far performed less well than expected and some areas have not received significant rains.
An overall decline in the major communicable diseases (AWD/cholera, measles & malaria) has been recorded since the beginning of the year. Sustained funding for health and WASH clusters will be required in the follow-up to the Deyr rainy season in early 2019 to protect the gains.
Aid agencies are stepping up investment in recovery and resilience programming, alongside life-saving assistance. An estimated two million people continue to receive food assistance every month.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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