UK Announces More Humanitarian Support, Calls on Global Community to End Cycle of Crisis in Somalia

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    UK Announces More Humanitarian Support, Calls on Global Community to End Cycle of Crisis in Somalia

    LONDON (Somaliupdate Online) — The UK's International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, speaking to an audience of global donors today (Tuesday 6 March 2018), announced a further emergency package of support from the UK, responding to

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UK's International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt.
LONDON (Somaliupdate Online) — The UK's International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, speaking to an audience of global donors today (Tuesday 6 March 2018), announced a further emergency package of support from the UK, responding to this year's ongoing drought.
The support, worth £24.6million, will provide urgently needed medical, nutritional, health and livelihood support in Somalia, including to 54,000 children who will be treated for Severe Acute Malnutrition. This £24.6 million package brings the total UK contribution to the 2018 Humanitarian Response to £85.65 million.
At an event in London, co-hosted by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Federal Government of Somalia and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA), Ms Mordaunt praised the efforts of the international community in 2017 – but called for continued global support for the 5.4 million people still in need living in Somalia. 
She called on global partners to generate innovative ideas for building long-term resilience to drought in Somalia.
While swift action last year saved thousands of lives and held-off famine in Somalia, the Development Secretary stressed that "the job is not yet done”.
During her visit to Somalia earlier in the year, Ms Mordaunt heard about the risk posed by extreme weather conditions and an unprecedented fourth consecutive year of poor rain forecast for the country. Today she delivered a stark warning that half the population is still hungry and at risk of disease.
"Last year the UK stood up and called for international action at a landmark conference to agree critical help for the people of Somalia. Together, we helped avert a famine and saved thousands of lives.
"But drought continues to haunt Somalia, where today half the population is hungry and at risk of disease. The job is not yet done." UK International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said.
"Drought and famine do not have to go hand-in-hand. We must harness the potential of new ideas to build future-proof resilience against drought – and end the cycle of crisis.
"We cannot let the world forget Somalia. It’s not just the right thing to do - we are all less safe when hunger and poverty are free to feed extremism and mass irregular migration.”
The new package of UK support will be distributed before the end of March 2018, to ensure urgent delivery of life-saving services.
Today’s event, which took place at the UK’s Department for International Development in London, was opened by the UK’s International Development
Secretary Penny Mordaunt and Gamal Hassan, the Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic Development of the Federal Republic of Somalia. Harriett Baldwin, the UK’s Minister for Africa, was also in attendance.
Today’s £24.6 million funding package from the UK will be allocated as follows and will be spent before the end of March 2018, to ensure urgent delivery:
- 54,000 children will be treated for Severe Acute Malnutrition;
- 157,480 people will receive emergency water and sanitation;
- 400,000 people will be treated by emergency health services, including cholera prevention, measles vaccination and life-saving primary health care
services;
- 212,315 children and 53,333 pregnant and nursing mothers will receive treatment for Moderate Acute Malnutrition;
- Multi-purpose cash transfers will be collected by 676,920 people;
- And 9,850 households will be able to support a harvest thanks to agricultural and pastoral livelihood support packages, including delivery of 300 water
bladders and 500,000 animals in 25,000 households.
This £24.6 million package brings the total UK contribution to the 2018 Humanitarian Response to £85.65 million.
This includes the £21 million announced by the UK Development Secretary in January, £40 million already allocated within the DFID Somalia Country Programme, and an additional £24.6 million made available today from the UK Government Crisis
Reserve.
The Crisis Reserve was designed to enable the UK to scale up support in humanitarian crises such as this one.
The £21 million announced in January and the emergency £25m from the Crisis Reserve will be spent before end March – ensuring that funds are already available in the system to support early intervention.
 
All of these funds will be managed and disbursed through DFID’s existing Somalia Humanitarian and Resilience Programme (SHARP).

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